Brianne Day founded Day Wines not even ten years ago and she’s since become something of a star in Oregon in the intervening years. With an interest in wine that started on a trip to Italy when she was just 19 years old, Brianne eventually found herself working the harvest in New Zealand with Murdoch James, followed by stints with winemakers in Oregon such as Eyrie Vineyards, Brooks, Belle Pente, and later on in Volnay with Huber Verdereau. In short, Brianne got to work with some outstanding Pinot Noir grown by some outstanding producers. Through it all she developed a powerful appreciation for the work that happens in the vineyard and has adopted a very natural and non-interventionist style of winemaking that she adheres to.
This particular wine is produced from the Silvershot vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s southernmost AVA where volcanic soils and sedimentary soils come together (with a smattering of basaltic boulders and, silt and clay thrown in for good measure). Dry-farmed and organically grown, the Pinot grown here always has this savory component that lends a wonderful level of complexity that makes the resultant wines sapid and delicious. Aromatically intense with resplendent notes of strawberry and raspberry with undertones of cherry, pine, and cocoa, this wine prompted no small number of “ooohs” and “aaahs” when we tasted it here in the shop. On the palate the wine is broad and expansive on the palate with dark fruits, Asian spice and a suggestion of woodsmoke that lead to a very long and silky finish. This wine is usually sold for a considerably higher price, so don’t sleep on this chance to grab a bottle.