2018 Gamine Aligoté
Elkton Oregon AVA
Kate’s personal wine project, Gamine Wines, now in its 6th vintage, celebrates the wines that both her and her mother, Sylviane, love to drink. Kate’s Gamine Wines highlight unsung varieties and styles from all across France, and they are stellar examples of the diversity of wines being made in the Pacific Northwest.
2018 marks the second vintage of Kate’s Aligoté. Haling from the Jory soils of Elkton Oregon, Vintage Family Farm is a relatively new site, with the Aligoté vines in their fourth leaf. The Elkton Oregon AVA is a newer sub-appellation of the Umpqua AVA. The Umpqua Valley at its is more known for warmer climate grape growing than the Willamette Valley, more similar to the Middle Rhône or perhaps the Languedoc-Roussillon regions of France. However, the Elkton Oregon AVA lies a mere 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range and this special sub-appellation is typically cooler than the more famous Willamette Valley cool climate region further to the North.
Winemaking for this years Aligoté was very traditional. After pressing, the grapes settled and were fermented spontaneously on the lees in neutral and stainless steel barrels. The wine stayed on its lees for eight months before being bottled without fining or filtration and just a touch of sulfur.
The 2018 Gamine Aligoté is electric, with lively green pear and crisp quince, subtle honey suckle sweetness, all on top of a a base note of mixed melons which bring a touch of roundness to this energetic wine.
75 Cases produced