St. Innocent Oeil de Perdrix
Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA, 7 miles west of McMinnville, Oregon. The Pinot noir came from two blocks planted in 2004 on a steep hillside and farmed using the bio-dynamic method. These blocks struggled to ripen in this very cool season and we decided to use them to make a crisp, low-alcohol white wine.
The grapes were pressed whole cluster and the barely colored juice was fermented at 60 degrees. The fermentation was stopped just short of dryness and not allowed to go through ML fermentation. Oeil de perdrix translates to “eye of the Partridge” and is an old name similar to German Riesling than Pinot noir except for its plum scents. It is excellent with fish, pork tenderloin, cold meats, and picnic foods; perfect for this beautiful weekend! Enjoy.