My first job in the wine business was as a buyer for a wine shop that was owned by two eccentric Frenchmen. We tasted together, ate together, opened a business together, and traveled to France together. I learned more about wine from those experiences with them than any book or class could ever afford me.
'Coury' Old Vine Sémillon 2014
The 2014 vintage allowed us to make a classic style of sémillon. For fans of white bordeaux wines, our 2014 will surely be familiar. Lanolin? Check. Beeswax? Check. Lemon Zest? Check. With healthier fruit we were able to extend our skin contact to 50hrs allowing for a wine with more weight and texture, without using large portions of new oak.
There are many philosophies on winemaking. We believe in letting Mother Nature dictate the style of wine that we are able to make. With healthy Spring rains and a warm and consistent Summer, the 2014 vintage allowed a conscious farmer to hang a little more fruit without loosing any quality. After a challenging 2013 vintage where many clusters were lost due to powdery mildew, this vintage was a gift. Our 2014 has a more fruity, oily, waxy, and rich texture than our 2013. This reminds us of better qualtiy White Bordeaux examples from Graves. In fact, when I was tasting the 2012 Chateau Auney l'Hermitage 'Cuveé Cana' Blanc, I was struck by the similarities. If you enjoy our wine and would like to discover more quality sémillon based wines, I highly encourage you to seek out the wines from Chateau Auney l'Hermitage.
Of course, wine isn't really made by the winemaker, rather it is made in the vineyard. In my opinion, it takes healthy grapes, special soils, old vines, and humility to make quality wine. We are very fortunate to be able to be working with this historic fruit managed by the team at David Hill Vineyards & Winery. We hope that you enjoy drinking this bottle of Oregon wine history.
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