Fossil & Fawn - Do Nothing 2022
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay,
Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
From the distributor-
Fossil & Fawn is the project of Jim Fischer Jr. and Jenny Mosbacher. Produced entirely from Jim’s family vineyard, Silvershot (formerly Crowley Station), it is the careful study and experimentation of a single place. While their vineyard has become a familiar single-vineyard designate thanks to early supporters such as Brianne Day, it was only recently that they began bottling estate wines under their own label. They presently make their wine in a little town called Gervais, Oregon, subletting space from Scenic Valley Farms.
Since the 2011 vintage, Jenny and Jim Jr. have been producing tiny batches of fascinating wines from this singular place. They are at once a celebration of tradition and a riveting look at the future. Though the Fischer family has lived at the Silvershot property since the 1970’s, it wasn’t until 1999 that they began planting their home vineyard. They hand planted 15 acres of own-rooted vine cuttings, gathered from neighboring heritage vineyards, in soils comprised of ancient marine sediment, Ogliocene sandstone and fossilized seashells. While winemaking is handled by Jenny and Jim Jr., viticulture is handled by Jim Sr. Silvershot is both dry-farmed and sustainably managed. In the cellar they keep it simple: Native fermentations, no additions, no adjustments, all neutral oak, no filtering, and no fining.
"The name refers to how we make it and what you should do when you drink it. All the grapes that go into it (an ever-changing mix of white and red varieties) are fermented whole-cluster, entirely via carbonic maceration in sealed tanks. We can’t touch it if we wanted to! Then we indeed do a little something. The grapes are pressed and the wine is rested in tank and neutral barrel for a few months. Do Nothing tastes like Hawaiian Punch and river rocks, and is perfect with just about everything or perhaps preferably, nothing at all."