Can you believe it’s Day 5 fo the 12 Days of Wine already?
Today we return to something bubbly, with a Pét Nat from Elkton Oregon!
River’s Edge Winery 2019 Cascade Pétillant Naturel Rose of Pinot Noir
This is a Pétillant Naturel wine, made from Pinot Noir. Pét Nats (as they are known) are sparkling wines (the term in French means “naturally sparkling”). A Pét Nat is made in the Ancestrale Method (so yes, like the Troon Frizzante we started our 12 days celebration with).
Because it is fermented and left on the lees, you get some of those biscuity notes like you often detect in champagne. This wine is unfiltered and should be served chilled.
The label is also beautiful. The Artwork is by Kaela Rose
What does it taste like?
I found it had a smoky nose, and notes of a wild herb garden after the rain, with notes of tall grasses as they warm up in the sun. It has earthy notes and tart, dried red fruits. There are light floral notes that reminded me of dried hibiscus. You also get yeasty bread notes on the nose since it was fermented on the lees.
It’s so different from the other Pét Nat, the notes of the grape (Pinot Noir) and the region making this expression, more subtle, thoughtful, and serious. This is a wine I would love to drink fireside out in the woods, perhaps with a sunset view…
You can find it here SRP $34.