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2022 Day Wines 'Lemonade' Rosé

2022 Day Wines 'Lemonade' Rosé

Price: $25

Region: Chehalem Mountains < Willamette Valley < Oregon

Grapes: Pinot Noir 

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; soil is a mix of Laurelwood (a particular type of silty loam Ice Age loess, a remnant of the last big glacial retreat found only in the Chehalem Mountains) and iron-rich, volcanic red Jory; Noel Family fruit went into a large open top tank whole cluster and Nemarniki fruit was destemmed and added on top, then a sealed lid was placed on the tank until fermentation began; 1 pump over/day then transferred to a new tank to finish fermentation; bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2; 367 cases

Winemaker: Brianne Day

One of our favorite Oregon producers is Brianne Day. In case you missed that wine or her story, here’s a refresher: in 2006, recently divorced and alone in the world, having been cut off from her family after abandoning the Jehovah’s Witness religion with which she was raised, the spunky blonde with a trademark pixie cut sold everything she owned and began traveling through wine regions all over the world. Over 8 years she visited 80 different regions, working at wineries in Burgundy, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, before re-establishing her home base in Oregon and picking up a “winemaking habit”, as she describes it. To support this habit, she waited tables at Little Bird in Portland, where she met a wealthy couple who eventually ended up funding her fledgling wine business. Now she’s making 2500 cases of wine per year, working only with small family growers working organically or biodynamically. She’s also paying her good luck forward – her new 14,000-square-foot winery in the Dundee Hills was designed to be sort of a commune, where small-scale producers working naturally can rent facilities for their own wine labels.

The first vintage of this rosé was a way for Brianne to salvage her smoke tainted Pinot Noir grapes - after the devastating Oregon wild fires - hence the name Lemonade; making lemonade from the lemons you are given. Luckily she has continued to make it. Bright and shimmering in the glass with classic wild strawberry notes on the nose, soft red berries on the palate and thirst quenching acidity. Maybe it is grown up lemonade.

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