This wine is inspired by the Touraine red blends from France’s Loire Valley that are centered around Gamay. This Oregon version, whimsically called Oregon “Tour Rain”, is comprised of 45% Gamay and 55% Cabernet Franc (it will always be about a 40/60 ratio). The Cabernet Franc went through traditional short vating (5-6 days), and was sorted, de-stemmed, crushed lightly (half whole berry, half crushed), with a four-day cold soak, starting fermentation at 55° F so as to have a slow, extended fermentation, with manual punch-downs twice daily during fermentation. It was aged in French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation completed in two months. The Gamay was sorted, de-stemmed, whole berry crushed, with a four-day cold soak followed by manual punch-downs twice daily during fermentation, then aged in neutral French oak for 7 months, with malolactic fermentation completed in two months. The wine was racked, blended, then filtered prior to bottling.
This blend is a lovely balance of floral, red fruit and a hint of pepper and sweet wood – with aromatics of cherry, raspberry, hibiscus, rose petals, cedar, cigar box, and flavors of bing cherry, raspberry, cocoa powder, clove, and roasted bell pepper, this wine has bright acidity and is juicy with rich, soft tannins.