2014 'COURY' Semillon

2014 'COURY' Semillon

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The 2014 vintage allowed us to make a classic style of sémillon. For fans of white bordeaux wines, our 2014 will surely be familiar. Lanolin? Check. Beeswax? Check. Lemon Zest? Check. With healthier fruit we were able to extend our skin contact to 50hrs allowing for a wine with more weight and texture, without using large portions of new oak.

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On Point, Aging Well

There are many philosophies on winemaking. We believe in letting Mother Nature dictate the style of wine that we are able to make. With healthy Spring rains and a warm and consistent Summer, the 2014 vintage allowed a conscious farmer to hang a little more fruit without loosing any quality. After a challenging 2013 vintage where many clusters were lost due to powdery mildew, this vintage was a gift. Our 2014 has a more fruity, oily, waxy, and rich texture than our 2013. This reminds us of better quality White Bordeaux examples from Graves. In fact, when I was tasting the 2012 Chateau Auney l'Hermitage 'Cuveé Cana' Blanc, I was struck by the similarities. If you enjoy our wine and would like to discover more quality sémillon based wines, I highly encourage you to check out the wines from Chateau Auney l'Hermitage. 

Of course, wine isn't really made by the winemaker, rather it is made in the vineyard. In my opinion, it takes healthy grapes, special soils, old vines, and humility to make quality wine. We are very fortunate to be able to be working with this historic fruit managed by the team at David Hill Vineyards & Winery. We hope that you enjoy drinking this bottle of Oregon wine history.

Tech Sheet

STATE/REGION:                            Oregon
APPELLATION:                              Willamette Valley AVA (North)
WINE TYPE:                                  White
VINTAGE:                                       2014
GRAPE:                                          Sémillon
ESTATE GROWN:                          No, purchased grapes
VINEYARD SOURCE:                     David Hill Vineyard
VINEYARD AGE:                            48 years old
DRY FARMED:                               Yes
OWN ROOTED:                             Yes
SOIL TYPE:                                    Laurelwood (Loeess)
ELEVATION:                                  490 feet (149m)
HARVEST DATE:                           October 6th, 2014
HARVEST METHOD:                     Hand Harvested
BRIX AT HARVEST:                       20.1
SKIN CONTACT:                            50 hrs
CHAPTALIZATION:                       No
FERMENTATION:                          Ambient Yeast
MATURATION VESSEL:                225L DAMY & 228L Gauthier
ALCOHOL (by volume):               12.53%
SULFUR DIOXIDE (SO₂):              32m/L
ACIDITY SCALE (pH):                  3.48
TOTAL ACIDITY:                           5.4 g/L
FINING AGENT:                            Unfined
BOTTLE SIZE:                               750ml & 1.5L  (Champagne Green)
CLOSURE TYPE:                           Natural Cork & Beeswax
FILTRATION:                                 Unfiltered
HAND BOTTLED:                          Yes
PRODUCTION:                              56 cases
BOTTLING DATE:                          July 6th, 2015
RELEASE DATE:                            April 4th, 2016

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