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Ovum Old Love White 2021 750ml

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Salted limes, lemon verbena, apricots, almond, wet pavement, and flint. The scents on the nose follow through on the palate with a texture that’s silky smooth, generous, and enveloping, but finishes with a bright pop of minerality and lime zest Read more..

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Ovum was founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife duo John House and Ksenija Kostic, who worked together for years at Chehalem Winery, a highly regarded, Burgundian-influenced, old-school producer in Newberg known for their single vineyard Pinot Noirs. There they learned the ins and outs of making wine in the Willamette Valley. Ovum is “a celebration of the diverse expressions of Oregon Riesling” but it isn’t just Riesling anymore. John and Ksenija source fruit from philosophically aligned farmers throughout the state; they’ve found sites with “blustery Pacific winds, extreme diurnal shifts, and rocky, well-draining soils.”

All of Ovum’s wines are treated the same way in the cellar: natural fermentations, no additions or subtractions except for SO2, extended lees contact of 8-9 months––all in neutral barrels of acacia and oak, as well as Nomblot concrete eggs. The goal is to best express the place, to let the grape and the terroir tell the story: “...if the wine smells and tastes different, it has everything to do with terroir, and little to do with the winemaker. Our hope is that through our attention to detail and honest technique, we can produce old fashioned wines in the modern world.”

Old Love is a wine inspired by early 1800s winemaking in Austria, when grapes would be harvested from multiple vineyards at varying ripeness levels and then co-fermented. It’s similar to a Gemischter Satz except in that case, all the grapes are from the same vineyard––or field.

2021 Old Love comes from ten vineyards planted throughout Oregon including Willamette, Eola-Amity, Columbia Gorge, and Southern OR. The sites are all (at bare minimum) sustainably and dry farmed, and are otherwise organically or biodynamically farmed. The wine is co-ferment of predominately Riesling, with a touch of Early Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Albarino, and Pinot Blanc.

After harvest from all those vineyards, and a brief soak on skins, the various fruit is pressed into stainless steel tank where native fermentation begins. Then half of the juice goes into amphora, Austrian cask, cement egg, and Acacia barrel. After a month or so, the wine in the vessels is added back to the wine in stainless steel. Once it’s fully blended, 35% of that wine goes back into amphora, cask, egg, and barrel. This process is repeated three times. 

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Ovum Old Love White 2021 750ml

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Salted limes, lemon verbena, apricots, almond, wet pavement, and flint. The scents on the nose follo..

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