2019 Loop de Loop Romeo Red $20 (On sale from $25)

A co-fermented blend of Cab Franc from 900 ft in the Rattlesnake Hills & the Columbia Gorge AVA, Pinot Noir from the Ribbon Ridge AVA and a hint of Riesling. We know this is unusual, but trust us – it works beautifully.  Inspired by Loire Valley’s Bistro Wines where they ferment some of their cab francs to be blended and shipped down the river to the bistros of Paris. Bright, primary, and fun, this bistro wine has the energy of a puppy.

Wines available for local pickup at the Southeast Wine Collective on SE 35th and Division or for local delivery. Feel free to mix and match. One case order minimum for delivery. 

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In the Cellar: Handpicked at separate times we gently fermented these varietals whole cluster with very little pumping over on the Cab Franc; and a bit of pigéage on the Pinot Noir. We co-fermented the varietals and the wild yeasts that came in on the fruit from the vineyards kicked off a relatively long fermentation. We pressed this wine earlier than we typically press our reds and we bottled at the end of March in order to preserve the youthful, vibrant fruit’s fresh character.

The Vintage:  the spring and summer were very dry and warm; however, we didn’t suffer from any serious heat spikes and a cool autumn extended the vintage. That allowed grapes to hang and develop complex flavors on the vine while retaining fresh acidity.