Slightly different from the '15 but with the same exciting profile of structure and food friendly body and nose.
Sourced from the same block of grapes at Honah Lee vineyards as the 2015 but the vintage shows off the varietal a little differently in this wine.
10 year old vines with low crop yield from Nelson County bore bright fruit and mature tannins for an elegant display of classically correct wine expression.
Old world winemaking techniques extracted both a vibrant fruit voice and depth of palate; cool ferment, punch downs twice daily, and long maceration on skins post fermentation. Aged in neutral oak for 10 months.
Dependable season to season both in the vineyard and the winery in nearly all regions of the state. I look forward to working with this fruit throughout the years to come.
In 2015, when I had just started at Michael Shaps, surplus Pinot Gris grapes (“orphans”) gave Joy Ting and I a chance to experiment. Treating white wine grapes as red, we fermented the juice in contact with the skins. The result was initially rough and tight. It needed time. Fifteen months later, the unusual bronze wine had reached its potential, but still needed an identity. Enter Will Curley (Wine Buyer for Ten Course Hospitality and Manager at Brasserie Saison), Priscilla Martin (General Manager and Wine Director at Tavola), and Joy’s husband Paul. What started as a conversation over sandwiches soon became a passion project. Orphan no. 1 was born.
Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, Jake was well prepared for the agricultural aspects of the wine industry. He believes in soil-to-bottle wine growing and has brought that focus to bear at wineries like Keswick Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, Grace Estate Winery, Michael Shaps Wineworks and now his very own label.
Jake Busching consults for winery and vineyard projects across Virginia. He brings 20 years of personal experience to help you develop or streamline winery and vineyard projects for quality and sustainability. His services include:
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