2016 'COURY' Semillon

2016 'COURY' Semillon


We are excited to release the 2016 'COURY' Semillon, which marks the 50th vintage at David Hill Vineyard (aka Charles Coury Vineyard). This wine has the weight and power of the 2014 'Ode to Chuck' without the smokier wood notes. Given the ripeness of the 2016 vintage we chose to leave a bit of lees in the bottle for a smoother mouthfeel. This one packs a punch of lemon zest, acacia honey, and lanolin.

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This is the "biggest" Semillon that we have made to date.  Not "big" from oak, but of ripeness from mother nature.  So much so, that we left more lees than normal to mitigate this.  This wine should be treated like a col fondo prosecco; you have the option of incorporating the lees into the wine or pour to clarity.  There are two wines contained within each bottle. Vintage 2016 illuminated the natural power and depth of David Hill Vineyard.  As usual, we left this wine in bottle for a full year before release.

COUNTRY:                                     United States of America
STATE/REGION:                            Oregon
APPELLATION:                              Willamette Valley AVA (North)
WINE TYPE:                                   White
VINTAGE:                                       2016
GRAPE:                                          Sémillon
ESTATE GROWN:                          No, purchased grapes
VINEYARD SOURCE:                     David Hill Vineyard
VINEYARD AGE:                            50 years old
DRY FARMED:                               Yes
OWN ROOTED:                             Yes
SOIL TYPE:                                    Laurelwood (Loess)
ELEVATION:                                  490 feet (149m)
HARVEST DATE:                           September 26th, 2016
HARVEST METHOD:                     Hand Harvested
BRIX AT HARVEST:                       23.8
SKIN CONTACT:                            48 hrs
CHAPTALIZATION:                       No
FERMENTATION:                          Ambient Yeast
MATURATION VESSEL:                225L DAMY, Billon, Radoux
ALCOHOL (by volume):               16.10%  (not a typo)
SULFUR DIOXIDE (SO₂):              28m/L
ACIDITY SCALE (pH):                  3.31
TOTAL ACIDITY:                           5.6 g/L
FINING AGENT:                            Unfined
BOTTLE SIZE:                               750ml & 1.5L  (Antique Green)
CLOSURE TYPE:                           FineCorkX
FILTRATION:                                 Unfiltered
HAND BOTTLED:                          Yes
PRODUCTION:                              95 cases
BOTTLING DATE:                          August 8th, 2017
RELEASE DATE:                            June 7th, 2018