thesis: racy days and racier nights.
The Cliff Notes: Crystalline peach in color, the wine’s nose opens to peach and musk melon, followed by lemon, earth, bread crust and shortbread. The palate is decidedly lemon/lemon lime on a medium frame with linear acid, no sugar and a ridiculously long finish. This will quench the thirst and quell the agitation of a super warm summer night.
Cases Produced: 609
A Story: While always a labor-intensive wine, this vintage of Glass was a veritable harbinger of expletives. The very late 2011 harvest meant early hard farming, followed by trepidation about what we would get, followed by commit, then figure it out, followed by relief, replaced by WTF, followed by throw out the playbook and adjust on the fly, followed by hard-yards winemaking, followed by put your shoulders into it, and concluded by happy dumbfoundedness at the result.
The building of: Whole cluster pressed Pinot noir, barrel fermented to absolute dry using a long, slow, low-temperature, wild-yeast regimen to promote vineyard characters and preserve fleeting fruit esters. Aged in older French oak barrels using lees addition and Champagne methodologies from 100 years ago to strip color and broaden an earthy mid-palate, similar to a rosé Champagne without the bubbles. Racked once and filtered prior to bottling February 2012.
Vineyards: These Pinot Noir grapes came from Temperance Hill’s 31-year-old Flat Block, Rocky Slope, and Triangle Block three blocks from one of the best organic, old-school, old-vine vineyards in Oregon.
A Note: The combination of non-manipulative winemaking, high natural acidity and temperatures below 55 °F (e.g., chilling) may lead to the precipitation of what appears to be “snow” (bitartrate crystal) in bottle. Know that “wine diamonds” are safe, flavorless, natural and also known in the kitchen as “cream of tartar,” a key component in snicker-doodle cookies, and less well known as an ingredient in the ever-popular Play-Doh your kid brother used to eat.
$18/bottle case & club price