Tzum & Smockshop Band
Smockshop Band and Tzum are explorations of the Columbia Gorge. Tzum means to mark or locate in Chinook jargon. The wines under this label are parcel specific and contain no mention of the grape variety. They are intended to be a deep meditation on a particular place. Smockshop Band wines are labeled by variety and are intended to be an accessible introduction to the beauty of the gorge. The Gorge contains a diverse range of landscapes within a small area. It was this multitude of potential places to make wine that drew us to the
2018 is one of those vintages where the volume is turned up on every channel; the wines are extremely rich, aromatic and powerfully structured. This wine is no exception
The wines are perfectly suited to warmer days and the kind of food that emerges from the verdant spring garden. As the glass fills with hazy pink liquid it tastes of strawberries, grapefruit skin, peppercorn and sage. The periphery of the wine glows with a subtle meatiness not unlike finocchiona and this wine would also be an amazing companion for pizza, especially one that included charcuterie.
The resulting wine is very deep, shimmering pink in color, with aromas of salted melon and lavender honey. It is both focused and texturally expansive with subtle and enveloping tannins.