Latah Creek Maywine 2020

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Latah Creek Maywine 2020
Latah Creek Maywine 2020

BACKGROUND
This wonderfully fruity wine was developed from a family recipe brought to this country years ago by a Hungarian winemaker who, years later, passed it on to Mike.  Latah Creek’s Maywine is slightly sweeter than the typical spring celebration German Maiwine.  The 2013 vintage was a small production, due the inability to find woodruff herbs.  In 2014 there was no herbs to be found.  Apparently Hungary, where they source from, was having a shortage; this was the first year ever that Latah Creek did not produce a Maywine. Since then, woodruff herbs have been scarce and only one other vintage has been made, until the 2020 vintage.  Miraculously, Natalie was able to source herbs from a company in Oregon, allowing a small batch to be produced.

VARIETAL BLEND
100% Riesling, with Woodruff Herbs and Natural Strawberry Juice and Concentrate

WINEMAKING
These 2020 vintage Riesling grapes, were harvested in late October, due to the cool fall we got.  This allowed the grapes a longer hang time on the vine, giving the an extra burst of flavor that hasn’t been seen for a few years. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. The addition of natural fruit juice and concentrate give the wine a deeper fruit character and a beautiful color, while woodruff herbs add sweet grassy notes. A higher acid is kept on the wine to keep it from being cloying.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data:  October 26, 2020   Brix: 22.2  TA: 0.75  pH: 3.27
Alc.: 10.5%   RS: 5.5%
Bottled:  March 25, 2021  |  349 cases  |  Released: April 2021

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
Sweet herbs and grassy nuances fill your nose, with hints of fresh citrus. Strawberry jam, green grass, and fresh hay mingle in your mouth while maraschino cherry and strawberry linger with a fresh finish.

FOOD PAIRING
Enjoy this wine by itself, with curry dishes, fruit desserts, or light summer meals, such as Ellena’s Bombay Curry Chicken Salad recipe published in her latest cookbook and available online at latahcreek.com/recipes.

Vintage2020
VarietalRiesling, with Woodruff Herbs and Natural Juice and Concentrate
Varietal Composition100% Riesling, with Woodruff Herbs and Natural Juice and Concentrate
AppellationColumbia Valley
Residual Sugar5.5%
Alcohol10.50%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced336

Father/daughter duo, Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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