Early Mountain "Young Wine" White 2020Regular price $20.00 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Direct Press Selection | January 2022
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It's hard to think of a winery and a region in the U.S. where I've seen as many positive changes as Early Mountain in Madison, Virginia. They have quickly become a leader in the region and are showing there is a lot of untapped potential in the state. Ben Jordan and viticulturist Maya Hood-White have improved farming techniques and pushed organic vineyard practices in a challenging climate. Virginia is both hot and rainy, creating a ton of disease pressure from fungus, mildew, and rot. One of their responses to this has been to embrace hybrid grapes like the red Chambourcin grape and the white Vidal Blanc grape. Because they are a mix of wild American varieties with the more familiar European types, they have a natural resistance to many of the issues above, requiring far less spraying to keep them healthy.
The trick is to take these grapes that were long deemed uncouth for fine wine and convince a skeptical wine drinking public that they have a place. The Early Mountain Young Wine Red, made from Chambourcin, has been a great success in this regard, and many of our regular customers have come to love this easy quaffer that seems to get more refined each vintage. The Red Pet-Nat was another hit this summer.
The Young Wine White, made from Vidal Blanc, is equally as gulpable and playful. With a touch of spritz, it's got bright floral notes mixed with nectarine, savory depth, and a refreshing ginger ale quality. It's perfect with sushi or as an aperitif. The grapes are sourced from the Shenandoah Valley (the cooler temps there help retain the acidity) and it's made with minimal intervention in a mix of steel and neutral barrel. Unfiltered and less than 20ppm of sulfur. [Jonathan Kemp, December 2021]