Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aberrant Cellars: A Winery Dedicated to Avoiding Convention

adjective: aberrant, departing from an accepted standard

Aberrant Cellars: A Winery Dedicated to Avoiding Convention

When I was offered samples of Aberrant Cellars wines, I jumped at the chance, based on the name of the winery alone. I love language and when someone shows imagination, that's a real bonus. Eric Eide, the winemaker, has an appreciation for Latin, and it is reflected in his wines' names.

Tasting Notes:
Philtrum Pinot Noir Blanc 2015: "Love Potion;" not a typical Pinot Noir in any shape or form; dry farmed grapes from the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA; whole cluster pressing; fermented for 52 days 53% stainless steel/47% barrel; aged 5 months in stainless steel and 25% new oak puncheons; white flower, starfruit and red berry aromas; orange peel, savory notes, into a spice filled finish; decidedly non-white in character, belying the color in the bottle; 344 cases produced.
Virtus Ex Pinot Noir 2013: "Strength;" LIVE farmed grapes from 3 vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA; each vineyard fermented separately; aged 15 months in 44% new French oak; 223 cases produced; smoky plum and black currant aromas; dark berry, tobacco, and tart red berry flavors into an earthy acidic finish; 223 cases produced.
These are some amazing wines, really a different approach than other wines I've had from the same sub-AVA. While I would recommend searching both of these wines out, definitely try the Philtrum, as it's unlike anything you've likely tasted before.

*Wines provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.

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