Kate Norris & Thomas Monroe
Gamine Grenache 2019
The 2019 marks the wine’s second release. The fruit was picked in early October from Mae’s Vineyard, a certified organic site tended by famed grape whisperer Herb Quady in the Applegate Valley AVA. In the cellar, Kate employs both carbonic and traditional fermentation techniques to strike a balance between freshness and complexity. 50% of the fruit was sealed off in a cement vessel to fermentation (full carbonic) over 20 days, while the other 50% was fully destemmed and received punchdowns and pumpovers. The wine was then pressed together into a cement tank, where it aged for five months. Upon completing malo it was transferred to neutral oak. Unfiltered and unfined. 100 cases. Minimal sulfur additions. 13.3% abv.
Winemakers and entrepreneurs Kate Norris and Tom Monroe are the power-duo behind one of our favorite wineries in Portland — or anywhere for that matter. Determined to make approachable, low-intervention wines, the pair founded Division Wine Co. in 2010, and have spent the last decade making pitch-perfect wines that are almost too good to be true (like their mind-boggling “Un” bottlings, which out-drink almost anything). Today, Division works with countless organic, biodynamic, and LIVE-certified vineyards across the state, including in the Columbia Gorge and the Applegate Valley. But maybe most exciting of all: Kate and Tom are helping to pioneer a new, more equitable Willamette Valley in which Pinot Noir is not the only game in town.