Early Mountain "Young Wine" White 2020
Producer: Early Mountain
Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
The Young Wine line is a seasonal release of white and red wines by winemaker Ben Jordan. Jordan is the mind behind releases by Early Mountain and Lightwell Survey, both well known throughout Virginia for their respective artistry and craft. Here, the hybrid grape Vidal takes center stage. The intention behind this vintage is a minimalistic approach to Vidal, something that casts as both casual and relaxed.
Despite its outward ease, it manages a level of complexity seldom attributed to Vidal, which is often characterized by aromatic neutrality. Jordan ferments the pressed juice in a mixture of neutral barrel and stainless steel, adding a layered, textural quality to the finished wine. A long fermentation brings out tertiary savory components to compliment the inherent fruit character of the grape. This approach, combined with natural approaches in the cellar, leaves us with a wine with humble origins and a masterful culmination.