Hiyu Tzum Atavus IV NV
"This wine is born from a high elevation Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir vineyard that is planted on its own rootstock. After a few years of farming the plot, Nate started to notice that the Gewurztraminer had started to express as Savignin, the grape native to the Jura that is genetically identical to Gewurztraminer (reports of these types of phenotypic mutations are not uncommon in producers making drastic changes to the farming of vineyards, although no one really knows why). Inspired by this shift, Nate wanted to make a wine that referenced the oxidative style of winemaking that is traditional in the Jura, and decided to make a Solera blend from the plot.
The Savignin and Pinot Noir are picked, fermented and aged together for a year, and then blended with previous vintages before bottling a portion of this blended juice before each release. The wine is one that is hard to characterize, somewhere between a top White Burgundy and a great Spanish Clarete. Either way it is the type of wine which one can sip and think about for hours, contemplating the nature of deliciousness and the universe and all that jazz, certainly a welcome distraction in these times!" Lewis Kopman, Le Du Wines