Notes from Jenny & Francois:
Nate on this wine: “This is the second release from this parcel in 2019, picked a week later and with more time on the skins than the “Spring Ephemeral” bottling released earlier.”
Grapes: In 2016, the vines were grafted from Syrah to a field blend of all the grapes one would have encountered in Southwestern France in the late Middle Ages: many clones of heirloom Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Abouriou, Fer, Ste. Macaire, Negrette etc.
Vineyard: Scorched Earth Vineyard, leased 9.83-acre site farmed by Hiyu since 2016 in the desert east of Lyle, Washington State (30 miles east of Hiyu). The site is on the banks of the Columbia River at sea level and the vines are planted in black (basalt) sand. The Feis, a one-acre parcel, is closest to the river, where the soils are a bit deeper and have more organic matter than the pure sand or basalt cobbles found in other parts of the vineyard.
Making of: a full month on the skins.
Personality: “This is as Burgundian as these varieties can be. In place of cabernet’s normal darkness, extraction and resolute structure, we encounter a wine that is pale, limpid and ethereal. Aromas flow from the glass unrushed and with ease. At first taste there appears to be no structure. The wine is edgeless. One expects it to be short, for the flavors to fall off, but the wine is implausibly long. It extends itself from an inexhaustible source of energy that is neither acid nor tannin. It is sublimely gentle for such a young wine and yet I suspect it will age well. It is absolutely delicious and one of the most wondrous surprises from this vintage,” Nate says.