Tzum Moon Hill Farm I, Columbia Gorge White Wine
This is the second release of wine from this two acre vineyard adjacent to Hiyu. They were once part of the same turn of the century farm and we have cared for the vines alongside ours since 2015. The parcel is planted to heirloom Wente chardonnay clone cuttings taken from Celilo vineyard on Underwood and smaller amounts of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. We released a small 600 liter cuvée of very dense Chardonnay from 2016, but the rest of the wines from 2015 from 2020 have now been assembled in a series of 500 liter puncheons to age together. The various vintages represent a kaleidoscope of styles and ways of looking at the site. In some vintages the wine saw extended maceration on the skins, in others it was directly pressed. Some vintages were very fresh, while others showed more salty and oxidative characters. 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.