Day Wines "Lemonade" Rose 2022
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Press 4 White • March 2023 Direct Press Selection
We’re unabashed fans of Brianne Day’s work, as you likely recall reading about her and her wines on email offers, wine club features etc. Her story in wine is of curiosity, perseverance, entrepreneurship and empowerment. Impactful experiences in 2011 doing harvest at Huber-Verdereau in Volnay and with Belle Pente in Yamhill, Oregon led to her first press in 2012. It’s a rich and interesting story — visiting wineries, harvesting at a number of different vineyards in different countries — for a full I highly recommend a listen to her interview on the Oregon Wine History Archive podcast. In her vision of creating a space to engage in a larger conversation outside of Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Lemonade Rosé has become a little bit of a symbol of this resilience and commitment to growers. Originally it was made out of necessity, a way to use the smoke-tainted Pinot Noir grapes from the 2020 fires without breaking her fruit contracts, as so many others did. It was really an effort to make the proverbial lemonade out of lemons, but it turned out so well it is now on it's third vintage, now free of smoke taint. Regardless of how difficult a harvest is there’s room to “make lemonade." A very welcome message in a bottle. Crushable, crisp, with strawberry, watermelon rind and a grapefruity zing. A wine to unwind and energize. Bruno Sant'Anna