OLD LOVE is a “method” Oregon white wine inspired by early 1800’s winemaking in Austria. One might ask – what the hell were Austrian monks doing to wine in the early 1800’s that made it worth repeating!?! They harvested vineyards with varying qualities of ripeness/acidity/fruitiness/minerality – fermented them together (read BIG SALT) – then they used methods during elevage to express the full potential within the wine. We’ve taken this methodology, combined it with OVUM concepts, and POOF! We have OLD LOVE.
Where does OLD LOVE come from?
2019 OLD LOVE comes from FIVE vineyards planted throughout Oregon: Willamette, Eola-Amity, Columbia Gorge, Southern OR. The sites are focused on sustainable farming practices – dry farming, organic and minimal additions. Some are not certified organic, but are in the process of converting. Each site is chosen for its unique qualities that it will lend to the final wine. 2019 is primarily Riesling, but OLD LOVE is not about a single grape – it is about the vineyards coming together to make a singular wine of Oregon.
How is OLD LOVE produced?
After a soak on skins (diff for each site), the fruit is pressed (hard) into tank where native fermentation begins. Then, apx 35% of the juice in tank is racked into: amphora, Austrian cask, cement egg and neutral barrel. Then we wait a lunar cycle…
After 28 days or so, the wine in the vessels is added back to the wine in stainless steel.
Once it is fully blended, we place 35% of the wine BACK into amphora, cask, egg and barrel. This process is repeated three times.
But why? Each vessel helps express different potential within the wine:
• Amphora brings structure and natural earthiness.
• Austrian cask adds textural complexity and rounds high-tone aromatics.
• Cement egg pulls out minerality at the loss of fruit aromas.
• Neutral barrel helps express secondary and tertiary flavors.