No. PF - 02

Smokey Red

Wine (WA)

Smokey Red Wine (WA) With Loop De Loop (2020)

With Loop

De Loop (2020)

Spring

Underwood, WA

750 ML

Experience

Tastes like building a small fire by the river and grilling cranberries with herbs de provence until you and your friends are lost in the haze of juicy purple smoke

  • Grape(s)

    Gruner Vetliner, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cab Franc Blanc, Syrah.
  • Place

    Columbia Gorge
  • Producer

    Loop de Loop
  • ABV (%)

    13.2%
  • Contents (ML)

    750
  • Collab No.

    PF - 02
Process

Wild Fires / Wild Yeasts

Written by Brent Braun, Illustration by Joe Schlaud

Julia Bailey is one of life’s true A+ human beings and a well known integrity driven winemaker. She works only with sustainably farmed fruit, and does not manipulate the wines at all. No weird additives or chemicals, just grapes, yeast, and a tiny touch of sulfur to keep things fresh. Old school. And no matter the climatic conditions of the year (hot, cold, rainy, dry), she always produces wines that are vibrant, playful and energetic (basically liquid representations of their creator). But what happens when nature throws the ultimate curve ball at you?

In 2020, the Oregon wildfires turned the skies red with smoke. Most don’t realize that smoke in a vineyard will produce grapes that harbor smoky components within them. It’s called smoke taint. The smoke compounds sink into the skins of the grapes and while you might not taste the smoke if you were to eat that grape, it’s during fermentation that the smoke compounds really become pronounced. So smoky grapes produce smokey wines. Winemakers are fearful of nature’s deviations from the norm, so a calamity of this scale was both terrifying and devastating to the wine industry. Across Oregon, winemakers were proclaiming that no red wine will be made in 2020 because of the smoke taint. But why are winemakers so scared of smoke? If done right, with a little cleverness, can’t smoke be...delicious?

We partnered with Julia at Loop De Loop Wines to explore this possibility. There are tricks, for sure. You can’t just make the wine like you would in a normal year because the smoke would be over the top. Smoke taint, unchecked, is kinda like a death metal singer in a room full of harpists.  You want to taste the smoke, but it’s best as a small component of a larger picture. It’s all about balance (isn’t it always)?  No one wants to drink an acrid glass of ashtrays. But a mezcal pomegranate margarita? Hell ya. You get the idea. 

Post Familiar Natural Wine “Keeping the wines off the lees gives a youthful innocence to the fruit. It makes the wine super juicy AND drinkable...and by drinkable, I mean chuggable.” - Julia Bailey

“Keeping the wines off the lees gives a youthful innocence to the fruit. It makes the wine super juicy AND drinkable...and by drinkable, I mean chuggable.”

Julia Bailey
  • ABV (%)

    13.2%

  • Contents (ML)

    750

  • Sulfur added (PPM)

    20

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