Day Wines, Vin de Days Blanc 2022
Riesling (31%), Müeller-Thurgau (26%), Pinot Blanc (23%), Pinot Gris (18%), and Muscat (2%).
Williamette Valley, Oregon, USA
"Alsatian-style white blend of several organically farmed vineyards from around the Willamette Valley. Each vineyard was picked when the fruit was optimal for the overall blend: some fruit was picked for its aromatics, some for its acid, and some for its fruit characteristics. Native-yeast fermentation. Spontaneous malo-lactic fermentation. Low-sulfur. This year the tropical notes are bright; pineapple, green papaya and lemon oil. Marzipan, yellow cherry and yellow apple all make an appearance. The finish shows sweet basil, wet stone and clean minerality. We enjoy this wine both as an aperitif and as a complement to a variety of cuisines."
Back in 2012, Brianne started her own winery with some Pinot Noir grapes from the 15-acre, dry-farmed Crowley Station Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. She only produced 125 cases that first vintage and sold out essentially straight away... Based on that one single bottling, she was invited to the RAW fair in London and was only one of seven American producers mentioned in Isabelle Legeron’s book, Natural Wine, alongside Edmunds St. John and Arnot Roberts. Since then, Brianne has thoughtfully grown beyond Pinot Noir, introducing Chardonnay, Syrah, and all sorts of things like skin-contact Malvasia, Tannat, Gamay, Dolcetto, Muller Thurgau, even Aligote.
Brianne isn't the most dogmatic of producers, but she does keep it clean and focused: native yeast ferments, limited if any SO2, rare pump-overs or punchdowns, and barely any new oak being utilized. Essentially she keeps it natural but she's not making anything that isn't indicative of its terroir.