Tzum "Elder" Columbia Gorge Red Wine 2018
This is sourced from vines planted on a 1.5 acre section of the site we farm in the east hills of Hood River. The vineyard is adjacent to Panorma Point with extraordinary views of the Mt. Hood and the valley below. The wine from this parcel normally goes into the Spring Ephemeral Pinot Noir. In 2018 we isolated the steepest part of the sites central hill to make as a separate wine. This part of the site faces due South and is extremely well exposed. It makes a very darkly colored, meaty, almost Cote Rotie like Pinot Noir. The conditions in 2018 amplified these qualities. This wine was almost too intense early in its life, but two years of aging in small casks have tempered its power and brought a haunting floral complexity to accompany the smoldering dark fruit.