NV Tzum Atavus VIII "Perennial" Columbia Gorge White Wine, Columbia Gorge, Oregon, USA

Flavors swirl at the edge of the event horizon; rose petals, candied bergamot, and burnished walnut.


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This is the eighth and final release of this Solera from an old vineyard perched high on a ridge above the Columbia. For the past few years we've know this moment would eventually come and we've been planning something special for the final iteration. Since 2018 we've made a small amount of a Ripasso style wine each year. Once it's completed fermentation we pass the white wine over the pomace from pressing the desert wine. This creates a secondary fermentation, more complexity and texture. Normally a Solera would be topped with young wine, but when we bottled version VII, in the absence of topping it with young wine, we filled the barrels our reserves of this older ripasso. The result takes this already meditative wine to an entirely other dimension. 


Its leaders Nate Ready, a former high-profile sommelier (think award-winning restaurants like Thomas Keller's French Laundry or Frasca in Boulder, CO) and China Tressemer, a talented artist and culinary guide, have gradually built a flourishing mixed farm and tavern where not just vine and crops, but all sorts of natural life cohabit in what Hiyu calls “the wild side of permaculture”.

Their approach to viticulture is similarly wild, in the best sense: the estate is divided into many small blocks, each planted to a field blend from a different place or moment in the genetic history of the grapevine, from Alpine grapes to Southern Italy or Central Europe. This “IRL grape variety atlas”, consisting of a whopping 100+ different varieties and clones in total, is being transformed into boutique quantities of truly singular wines that Nate describes and contextualises using his vast tasting memory and cultural experience. There's a lot of freedom, art and philosophy involved at Hiyu Wine Farm.


Grape(s) Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir
Farming Organic