This year the role of “La Frontière” is played by Allegre Vineyard (Fruilian clones), an organic site in the Columbia Gorge that composes half of the cuvèe. It’s the first time Kate and Tom have sourced fruit from the region, which resembles a 19th naturalist painting with sweeping vistas of meandering rivers, old growth forests and cherry orchards nestled against the magnificent Mt. Hood. The wine is fermented on its lees for added texture in an assortment of neutral oak and acacia barrels and stainless steel. As if a sign from mother nature, the wine stopped fermenting with 2 grams of sugar remaining, which tempers the wine’s naturally high acidity. 13.6% alcohol.