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Ovum 'Big Salt' White Blend 2018
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This is a white wine imageOvum 'Big Salt' White Blend 2018

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Wine Enthusiast 91 Best Buy
"Like previous vintages, this remains roughly half and half Riesling and Gewrztraminer, with small amounts of Muscat and other grapes. What's unique is the smorgasbord of AVAs, including grapes from Columbia Gorge, Elkton, Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley and Willamette Valley. Fleshy and nicely textured, floral orange aromas lead into a saline wine with a mix of cucumber, apple and green melon flavors."

The Wine
Elkton AVA, planted on Windygap soils (deep, ... read more
This is a white wine
Item ID: #32335
Shelf at store:11e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Enthusiast 91 Best Buy
"Like previous vintages, this remains roughly half and half Riesling and Gewrztraminer, with small amounts of Muscat and other grapes. What's unique is the smorgasbord of AVAs, including grapes from Columbia Gorge, Elkton, Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley and Willamette Valley. Fleshy and nicely textured, floral orange aromas lead into a saline wine with a mix of cucumber, apple and green melon flavors."

The Wine
Elkton AVA, planted on Windygap soils (deep, well-drained residuum and colluvium from sandstone and siltstone)
90 native co-fermented Gewurztraminer (1980) & Riesling (1983) in stainless steel
8 Early Muscat (1978), native fermented in neutral barrel
2 Melon, Savignin Rose (1980), and Pinot Noir (all de-stemmed and added to the press)
7-8 gr/L RS
No additives except SO2, Crossflow filtered and bottled after 6 months on lees

The Winery
Founded by husband-and-wife duo John House and Ksenija Kostic in 2011, Ovum is a celebration of the diverse expressions of Oregon Riesling. After years of learning the intricacies of the Willamette Valley while working together at Chehalem, John and Ksenija set off to further investigate the myriad terroirs of Oregon through the lens of Riesling, and now source fruit from through the state. They have found sites with blustery Pacific winds, extreme diurnal shifts, and rocky, well-draining soils.

To emphasize the idiosyncrasies of these vineyards, all of Ovums wines see the same practices 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 resulting wines are textured and concentrated, driven by minerality, and framed by unwavering acidity. Ovums work is among the most compelling white winemaking we have encountered in our search throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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OvumFounded by husband-and-wife duo John House and Ksenija Kostic in 2011, Ovum is a celebration of the diverse expressions of Oregon Riesling. After years of learning the intricacies of the Willamette Valley while working together at Chehalem, John and Ksenija set off to further investigate the myriad terroirs of Oregon through the lens of Riesling, and now source fruit from through the state. They have found sites with blustery Pacific winds, extreme diurnal shifts, and rocky, well-draining soils.

To emphasize the idiosyncrasies of these vineyards, all of Ovum's wines see the same practices 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 resulting wines are textured and concentrated, driven by minerality, and framed by unwavering acidity. Ovum's work is among the most compelling white winemaking we have encountered in our search throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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