Riesling 'Base Line', Ovum
Planted in 1983, the own-rooted Bradley vineyard is one of the pioneering sites in Elkton, the coolest region within the Umpqua Valley. Silt loam, and sedimentary rock form the soil along with gray clay from the nearby Umpqua River. Elkton is a direct line to the Pacific Ocean, which shows more direct influence over Elkton than any other region in Oregon. Warm, dry days in the summer are shocked by chilling, Pacific nights. The numbers at harvest made me giddy. It was as if we harvested Auslese level ripeness, at Kabinett level acidity – I didn’t think it was possible so I sent a juice sample to the lab which verified the unbelievable. Despite showing a good nutrient profile, this was our slowest ferment, but I believe that led to complex layers of aromatics and unusual, salty texture. This is one of the greatest wines we’ve had the fortune to produce. It’s ripeness is understated, it’s acidity is refined, and the texture is as complex as it comes.
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