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Fossil & Fawn, “Rose” 2019

Fossil & Fawn, “Rose” 2019

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Even the most cursory review of this incredible winery’s website could make you fall head over heels with their project because it is underlined by a common tenet of natural viticulture but one that often goes underreported: respect. Fossil & Fawn is born out of deep respect for the land where the grapes they now tend grow, and for its stewards over time. “We acknowledge that all the vineyards we source from are planted on Kalapuya land” they write, in this excerpt from a longer “Land Acknowledgement.” They pair this piece with a brief geologic history of Oregon. All of this is to say that what is sown into the vines is a kind of macroscopy of acknowledgment and respect that undergirds their entire approach to viticulture here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This project is run by Jim Fischer, Jim Fischer II, and Jenny Mosbacher.

Tasting Notes: Zippy, crisp and refreshing. Strikes a perfect balance between fruit and salinity. A crushable rose for when the temperature hits 65, Mariah Carey is blasting from your speakers and water isn’t quite quenching your thirst well enough. Drink cold with fresh veggies and a bowl of hummus.

Vinification: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Gris, these grapes are sourced from the two separate vineyard sites that they are grown at: Sophie’s Vineyards and BeckenRidge Vineyard (Willamette Valley AVA). The soils here range from a marine sedimentary composition to a volcanic composition. The Pinot Noir is picked first, so the grapes retain a higher acid and pleasant phenolic ripeness before being directly-pressed and transferred to an egg-shaped fermentation vessel where fermentation is kickstarter by native yeasts. The Pinot Gris is also directly pressed, and then spends 3 days on the skins. The juices are blended and aged together for 5 months in neutral french oak. Unfined, unfiltered, no additional SO2. 12.6% ABV. 

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