2016 Gruner Veltliner Brut ‘Scintillation’
160 cases produced
Hints of lime pith, white pepper, and orchard blossom aromas coalesce with fine bead and fresh citrus flavors.
Vineyard: Underwood Mt Vineyard
Appellation: Columbia Gorge
Varietals: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Underwood Mountain Vineyard is tucked into a sheltered pocket on the southeast side of a Cascade Mountain volcano. Protected from the marine rains, yet completely alpine in character, this vineyard produces wines with focused aromas and flavors, and brilliant acidity. This is the first Grüner planting in Washington state.
With Underwood Mountain Vineyard’s high acid and low potential alcohol, it’s a natural site for inspiring sparkling wine production. Hand picked from the coldest spot of the vineyard with low yields delivering great intensity and freshness. The result is great intensity without the dehydration that you tend to find in the hot parts of the state.
James and Poppie are inspired by sparkling wines from many regions and offer this very small production sparkling wine as a rare treat, a labor of love that does not occur every vintage.
The fruit was whole cluster pressed, settled overnight and racked clean to a stainless steel tank for fermentation. The vin claire was cold stabilized, sterile filtered and was then hand bottled and laid down for 16 months en tirage. Hand riddled and disgorged in April 2018. No dosage.
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We have produced sparkling wine from Celilo Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the following vintages: 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
Gruner Veltliner Sparkling has been produced from Underwood Mountain Vineyard from 2014 through 2017.