2018 'Queen D' Cowhorn Vineyard White Blend
The Cowhorn Vineyard is a pristine biodynamic vineyard in the heart of Applegate Valley farmed by Bill Steele. It's an ideal site for Rhône varietals, with its rocky, well-drained river bench soils, warm temperatures, and dry growing seasons. The 2018 Queen D, named in honor of Brianne's sister, is a vibrant expression of Marsanne and Roussanne in equal parts. Aromas of mandarin orange, lemon liqueur, dried peaches and apricots, and white honeysuckle give way to the surprisingly tense palate. While the richness of fruit is certainly forefront, the acidity provides a refreshing backbone to the flavor profile. This wine is at once both deep and dancing on the palate, with a high-toned, smoke-tinged finish. Truly a wine of place.
John Gilman in View From the Cellar: "Brianne Day’s lovely 2018 Queen D bottling is a fifty-fifty blend of marsanne and roussanne and comes in at a cool twelve percent octane. The wine offers up a bright and complex nose of mirabelle, peach stone, wild fennel, coriander seed and a lovely base of white soil tones. On the palate the wine is bright, medium-full and complex, with a good core, sound, but moderate acids and very good length and grip on the well-balanced finish. There is just a whisper 40 of backend natural wine wildness here on the finish, but it adds personality. With its lower acidity, I would opt for drinking this in its relative youth. 2020-2023." (Jan/Feb 2020)