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2009 Madeleine Angevine
This wine is no longer available -- this is the original release page
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[Retail price was $18.00]

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 19 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...

2009 was a warm and easy growing year in the Puget Sound AVA, so we brought in the harvest with higher numbers physiological ripeness. The wine came out wonderfully, though a tad lighter than our usual. 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 to be aged -- please enjoy it young, while its fresh fruit aromatics are at their peak.

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.

This wine label features a commissioned artwork. Please visit our page with more information about Dianne Gardner of Port Orchard and her work.

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