Notes from Crowley:
2021 is showing itself to be a fun vintage. The grapes were picked in a very long window, Sept 11-October 7th, owing to a few well-timed rain events that allowed us to take our time and pick only the blocks we felt were ready. Autumn in Oregon can be a magical moment and, as always, a little adversity tends to reflect well on the wines. In this case 3 distinct picking windows allowed both ripeness and freshness in all the wines with subtle shifts in the details depending on timing. The result is a dynamic cellar with a wide variety of wines to play with.
We bottled the 2021 earlier than ever…10 months after vintage. We are fortunate that 2021 is a precocious vintage and seemed to come out of the gate drinking well, needing very little coaxing to be ready. This wine has a youthful spirit and is brightly lit. Vivid red and blue hues dominate the color, which shimmers with clarity. The nose is strawberry, cranberry, and anise mixed with citrus and watermelon. The palate is bright and lifted out of the gate, also very berry…strawberry, mulberry, and blueberry. Polished and airy, sarsaparilla mingles in the background with sage and cherry while breakfast tea tannins accompany supple roundness to create a perfectly balanced mid-range all the way to an engaging finish. The bottles we’ve opened have disappeared quickly!