Founded by Steven Thompson and Kris Fade in 2010, Analemma Wines was built upon the opportunity to lease one of the oldest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest: The Atavus Vineyard. With just twelve acres of history and a vision, the two set out to breathe life back into the old vines, ferment rare fruit and bottle a truly unique vinous expression of the Columbia Gorge.
The analemma is a figure 8 shape made by the Sun’s annual migratory path
between the northern and southern hemispheres as seen from the Earth. This pattern is caused by the tilt of the Earth’s axis and is a visual cue of the Sun’s movement through the calendar
year. It can often be seen on globes and revealed on a sundial. Each location on earth has its own distinct analemma, acting as a fingerprint of place.
As a grower and wine producer, Steven & Kris' primary goal is to produce fruit of individuality that reflects the place in which it is grown. They place priority on soil and plant health by utilizing matured compost and beneficial sprays of nettle, seaweed and ground silica to boost the plants’ immune system. The vineyards are farmed using organic practices and the orchards are farmed using sustainable methods moving towards organics every season. They continue to experiment with integrative activities that add personality and function to the farm.
Atavus Vineyard has been dry farmed since its inception in the late 1960’s. A combined vision of owner Charles Henderson and Dr. Walter J. Clore, this site was destined for the Swiss-originating Mariafeld clone of Pinot Noir. The high elevation nature of this site presents conditions that help establish the boundaries of cool climate viticulture. Receiving an annual rainfall of approximately 35 inches, Atavus Vineyard has existed by the generosity of mother nature’s moisture and meticulous care.
This wine was gently whole cluster pressed and aged on its lees in neutral oak for six months before bottling. Of a true Methode Champenoise, this Blanc de Noir is 100% Pinot Noir that has aged sur lie for 42 months and was disgorged October of 2014. This was chosen by Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle as the standout Sparkling wine in his list of Top 100 Wines. Additionally, it was reviewed for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, where it was said to have completely ”floored” the reviewer, David Schildknecht with its “profoundly complex” nature.