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Walter Scott, 'X Saxa Vineyard' Aligote 2021
United States / White

Walter Scott, 'X Saxa Vineyard' Aligote 2021

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

Notes from Walter Scott:

"Aligoté, the other notable white grape of Burgundy, is experiencing a resurgence in its home as well as in the new world. Traditionally blended with Chardonnay or made into the classic Kir cocktail, this variety was exiled in 1937 to the appellation of Bouzeron where it was quietly enjoyed by the local Burgundians. In the Willamette Valley, Aligoté embraces everything we love about acid, tension, and minerality, so we began searching for a great Aligoté vineyard. 

Our tenacity paid off in 2018 when Craig Williams grafted over .39 acres of vines to Aligoté on his X Saxa Vineyard in the Eola- Amity Hills. The high density, organically farmed vineyard was originally planted to Riesling in 2005. This site is an extremely steep, south-facing volcanic slope, adjacent to his X Novo Vineyard. 

The grapes are lightly crushed prior to pressing. The fermentation takes place with native yeast and is aged on its lees in two 350 liter barrels for ten months. Our Aligoté holds onto 25% of its malic acid, bringing a brilliant tension to the wine.

The juxtaposition of fruit and earth on the nose is alluring. Lime leaf and lemon balm jump out of the glass on top of layers of citrus blossoms. The flinty aromatics are unmistakable and the texture of wet limestone gives this wine breadth and weight. Crunchy white peach, lime zest, and orange sherbet flavors drive the wine, while a rich, Mirabelle plum skin note completes the finish."

 

Country
United States
Sub-Region
Willamette Valley
Region
Oregon
Varieties
Aligote
Farming
Organic
Soil
Volcanic
Winemaking
The grapes are lightly crushed prior to pressing. The fermentation takes place with native yeast and is aged on its lees in two 350 liter and one 500 liter barrels for 10 months.