|2014 Madeleine Angevine|
Perennial Vintners hand maintains a two row block (about 160
plants) of vines originally planted in the early 1980's by our
neighbors at Bainbridge Island Vineyard & Winery. From this
block we've yielded 38 cases of wine.
The vineyard being in the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area (AVA) means we get all the benefits of the maritime-influenced cool climate growing area as well as the extended length days of our more northerly latitude. What all this leads to is the most fragrant and aromatic wines imaginable...
2014 was a warm growing year in the Puget Sound AVA, so we brought
in the harvest with higher numbers and physiological ripeness.
The wine came out wonderfully, though a bit more delicate than
previous years. It is a dry white wine, and being from a cool
maritime-influenced climate, it has sufficient natural acidity to
give structure to the wine, with a lovely floral nose. It shines
on its own as a sipping wine, as opposed to our Müller
Thurgau which is more of a food wine. This wine was not intended
In more detail, the plants were cut down to the ground in 2005, with the expectation of field grafting a different variety on the trunks. Unfortunately, the grafting was not done, and the plants were effectively abandoned. Perennial Vintners has spent much "TLC" (meaning a lot of Mikes time), restoring these plants to good health. As they were very strong and mature plants they've rebounded very well and have given us a wonderful (albeit small) crop since the first year. Those on the Perennial Vintners newsletter email list will remember that we released a Verjus from this block in 2007.