Hiyu Tzum Aedin 2018
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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend - United States
When I went to gather info about Hiyu, I quickly realized I couldn't write more beautifully about this winery than they have.
"Twenty-two miles from Mount Hood’s snowy peak, in an alpine river valley teeming with birds and oscillating light, lives a wild farm. Cows, chickens, and pigs graze among vines and fungi and flowers proliferate as gardens merge with forest. Upon this valley, the omnipotent mountain routinely asserts her mercurial hand. Frigid gusts challenge temperate drafts and clouds compete with sunbeams. Storms swirl, rainbows propagate, and the volcanic soil eternally churns. Reading between these celestial and terrestrial signs, humans gently steer the land — co-creators of a startling alchemy."
I mean... you wanna drink wine from there, right? "Hiyu cultivates wildness..." they go on to say, and that's ever apparent in their sparse and beautiful wines and ciders. Their bottles are frozen moments in time, nature's memories preserved in liquid and housed in glass. Founders Nate Ready and China Tresemer have a litany of impressive skills. Nate was a sommelier at the world renowned French Laundry in Napa, and China, the estates agriculturist, is also an accomplished artist who creates all their labels. There isn't much of any one cuvée to be had, and we sold out of some before we even got them online. These make lovely gifts for the epicures in your life who are always seeking something ephemeral and special, or maybe that deserving adventurer is you?
Aedin consists primarily of a Margaux-clone of Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with a field full of Southwestern French varieties like Cab. Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Tannat, Fer, Abouriou, Negrette, Ste. Macaire, and Ferrol. The grapes are fermented as whole clusters that spent 50 days on the skins prior to pressing, then aged for two years in 300L barrels. Unfined, unfiltered, tiny dose of SO2 at bottling. It's a bit like a Bordeaux with a Burgundian soul. It's delicate nature belies it's bold ingredients.