Day Wines Tears of Vulcan White Wine 2021, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

2021 vintage – 49% Viognier, 43% Pinot gris, 8% Muscat fermented on skins for 8 days and then in elevage in 94% neutral French oak and 6% new Acacia. 2021 Tears of Vulcan continues our tradition of bright, floral, citrusy, textural, skin contact orange wine. Composed of fruit from two organically farmed vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, this wine represents both the limitless characteristics of Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Muscat, and the terroir of a specific place, at a specific time. This vintage, the fruit sat on its skins for 24 days resulting in a deep rose color, firm tannins, juicy fruit and a hint of umami. This wine elicits endless depth and character. Grapefruit pith and juicy cider apples are complimented by notes of fennel, dried herbs and a touch of white pepper. Winemaking: Grapes were destemmed into 1.5-ton fermenters, with varietals co-fermented from the onset. No sulfur at crush, and fermentation kicked off spontaneously. The grapes were macerated and left on the skins throughout primary fermentation, about 24 days, then pressed off and moved to barrel. Neutral French oak was used primarily, with one new Acacia barrel and two once-filled, for nuanced depth. The wine was aged for 6 months in barrel, where it went through full malolactic fermentation. Unfined, unfiltered, and non-manipuilated.