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Smockshop Band

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 

The plantation is based on planting of grapes in central Italy in the 2nd century AD and is a mixed field with many clones of Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano, cilliegiolo, aleatico, trebbiano, cannaiolo nero and others. The wine from 2019 is far more delicate. The wine is pale in color, 11% alcohol and the texture is extremely fine with fluid gradations between the elements that provide texture. It occupies the space in between Pinot Noir and Grenache.  

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In 2018 we isolated the steepest part of the sites central hill to make as a separate wine. This part of the site faces due South and is extremely well exposed. It makes a very darkly colored, meaty, almost Cote Rotie like Pinot Noir.

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It’s a place that has the potential to deliver the ephemeral magic of Southern Rhone Grenache on sand with the wildness and vibrancy of Nerello Mascalese on the upper slopes of Mt. Etna.

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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. 

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Web Store bottle purchases are available to Understory subscribers only. See our "Join" page for more information. All bottles available for purchase at the Hiyu tasting room in Hood River.

It’s a place that has the potential to deliver the ephemeral magic of Southern Rhone Grenache on sand with the wildness and vibrancy of Nerello Mascalese on the upper slopes of Mt. Etna.

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Web Store bottle purchases are available to Understory subscribers only. See our "Join" page for more information. All bottles available for purchase at the Hiyu tasting room in Hood River.