'Ode to Chuck' Old Vine Sémillon 2014
When I was first given the opportunity to purchase the sémillon at the David Hill Vineyard, my mind went wild with fantasies of what type of wine could be made off of these old vines. In my "wildest" fantasy, I envisioned this release, aptly named "Ode to Chuck". I don't think I can honor his vision any better than with this wine.
I never wanted to make a 'Reserve' wine. That designation has really lost all meaning on a wine bottle. Instead, I gave this a more serious name. I named this wine 'Ode to Chuck' after the man who planted this great vineyard back in 1965, but whom never ended up making a wine from these same grapes. I want to believe that he envisioned that a wine like this could have been made from these humble 3 rows of vines.
While we were conducting our blending trials this wine revealed itself. Since we were only working with 5 barrels, the notion of making two wines from 5 barrels seemed ludicrious. But once this blend was made, it was obvious that this wine was special. After that first whiff in the glass, all we could do was smile and laugh. It was that good and our decision was really not that difficult. To not make this wine, would be a diservice. 'Chuck' has been waiting to share this for 49 years.
Charles Coury was a man who was ahead of his time. I hope that this wine proves to people how right his vision was.
I hope that you enjoy tasting this piece of Oregon wine history.
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