Vinous Obscura Merci Andre Jacquinet 2021
Redacted Vineyard, Tualatin Hills AVA
Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S.A
Garanoir (Gamay x Reichensteiner) was developed in 1970 by André Jacquinet in Switzerland. This grape was created to be an alpine red wine with deep color and mostly disease resistance, which comes in handy for our cooler Northwest climates.
Regent was developed in 1967, but was not commercially viable until 1996. Regent is a interspecific crossing of (Diana x Chambourcin). Similarly dark and disease resistant, this grape was created in Germany. These grapes continue to prove their place in a longer list of red grapes that can be successfully grown in the Willamette Valley. These hybrids also are going to become increasingly important to have as the climate continues to change.
Vessel: Neutral Hogs Heads
Elevage: 9 months
Bottled unfined (vegan) and unfiltered.
Wine Enthusiast – “A Garanoir-Regent blend? In Oregon? This exotic co-fermented blend is less about the fruit—blackcap raspberries and blood oranges—and more about its aromas and flavors of leather, seared steak, thyme, black pepper and chalk dust. Vibrant acidity with sturdy tannins. ” (91 Pts)