|2008 Madeleine Angevine|
Our family hand maintains a two row block (about 160 plants) of
vines originally planted in the early 1980's by our neighbors at
Bainbridge Island Vineyard & Winery. From this block we've
yielded 22 cases of wine.
The vineyard being in the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area (AVA) means we get all the benefits of the maritime-influenced cool climate growing area as well as the extended length days of our more northerly latitude. What all this leads to is the most fragrant and aromatic wines imaginable...
2008 was a difficult growing year in the Puget Sound AVA, but we
hung in there 'til the last possible minute and brought in the
harvest with reasonable numbers physiological ripeness. The wine
came out wonderfully! It is a dry white wine, and being from a
cool maritime-influenced climate, it has sufficient natural
acidity to give structure to the wine, with a lovely floral nose.
We refer to this as our feminine wine, which shines on its own as
a sipping wine, as opposed to our more masculine Müller
Thurgau which is more of a food wine. This wine was not intended
In more detail, the plants were cut down to the ground in 2005, with the expectation of field grafting a different variety on the trunks. Unfortunately, the grafting was not done, and the plants were effectively abandoned. Perennial Vintners has spent much "TLC" (meaning a lot of Mikes time), restoring these plants to good health. As they were very strong and mature plants they've rebounded very well and have given us a wonderful (albeit small) crop from the first year. Those on the Perennial Vintners newsletter email list will remember that we released a Verjus from this block in 2007.