Kyle’s 2020 Edelzwicker is based on fruit from the Maresh Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. The Maresh family has a rich history in the area, having purchased their farm in 1959 and sold fruit to some of the top names in the region. Honestly, researching this vineyard gave me a flashback to my early serving days, learning about wine, and drinking wines from producers like Rex Hill, Sineann, and Kelley Fox who all have purchased fruit from this vineyard. Pinot Gris and Riesling are selected from a site planted to a silty clay loam with a volcanic bedrock. This site slopes up between 500 and 700 feet of elevation and allows for beautiful, even ripening of fruit. Kyle takes the Pinot Gris and Riesling and does not give them any maceration time. Wines are fermented together and rested for ten months in what he is calling ‘neutral-ish’ oak. My first reaction to this wine was a half chuckle born out of equal parts amusement and pleasant shock, asking myself ‘who the hell does this guy think he is?’ Weight, check. Acid, check. Aroma, check. Drinkability, absolutely. Is this a wine that I believe has potential to get better over a little bit of time? Yeah, I do. I think a lot of what Kyle Lattimer brings to the table as a winemaker give his wines the ability to live and change and improve. But, would I drink this now? Absolutely, it’s delicious.
Watch Eric discuss the wine here