Erde Wines "Tear in Your Hand" Red 2021
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Jory is the Willamette Valley's most prominent volcanic soil. Many millions of years ago, fissures near what is now the Washington-Idaho border released unimaginably massive lava eruptions that blanketed huge portions of Washington and Oregon with basalt. Between approximately 15 million and 6 million years ago, these flows spread through the northern Willamette Valley, leaving basalt that would later be exposed on hillsides, and serve as the hallmark for the wines grown in these parts. This nutrient rich soil also retains water very effectively — and a key element for growing grapes without irrigation (dry farming).
“Tear in your Hand” takes its name from Tori Amos’ song in “Little Eathquakes” (if you’re not familiar, click here for a great live performance), and it is Kirk’s take on a breezy, chillable vin de soif. Co-fermented Gamay (Owen’s Vineyard), Pinot Blanc (Cooper Mountain), Pinot Noir (Johan Vineyard) bottled without any sulfur additions. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re familiar with Kirk’s incredible taste level (on full display in July’s Direct Press), and it shows here too. The wine is pure and bright with wild red fruit and a cool, minty, herbal tinge. A very light and delicate fizz gives it a playful snap on the palate. Bruno Sant'Anna