Ovum Elkton Aligote 2022
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Aligote is the new Chardonnay! Okay, we’re kidding since there’s so little Aligote planted in Oregon that it could/would never be able to compete with Chardonnay. But, it’s a hip and cool thing to make in a similar way that Chard was back in 2008 (remember that? We do). We count on Ovum to bring us distinct white wines and they sure didn’t let us down with this–it has to be experienced to be understood.
2022 Ovum Aligote smells like clean ocean air. You can almost feel the cold waters of the Umpqua River flowing through the wine–in the nose and on the palate. Hints of blueberry and green fig are hidden in the salty depths if you smell close enough. This is texture, palate driven wine–where it is at once lighter than air, and richer than grass-fed butter all at the same time. Its quiet demeanor has us leaning in to taste more, and the closer we get, the more there is to love.
Less than 30 miles from the Pacific, the Umpqua River bends into the town of Elkton. The coastal mountain influence is an ideal climate for white wines of exceptional acidity, and quiet aromatics. Clay loam soils sit atop a thick slab of sandstone. This soil series combined with the alpine river valley/dry summer microclimate to yield an Aligote of measured ripeness, and deep transmission of place.
100 days of hangtime provided us 18.5 brix at harvest. Whole cluster pressed, settled in stainless tank overnight. Racked off heavy lees into Stockinger OVAL cask where it underwent native fermentation at natural temperatures–aged on circuital lees for 10 months. Full malolactic fermentation. Double racked in stainless, the wine aged in tank before being bottled (unfined, unfiltered).