2015 Lady Hill Cuvee Etienne Lucier
Etienne Lucier was a French-Canadian fur trader known to be the first farmer of European decent in Oregon. With implements initially supplied by the Hudson Bay Company, he established a prosperous farm of wheat, peaches, pigs and other livestock. Years later, Lucier attended the Champoeg meetings with accounts having him stepping over the line to make the vote decisive that the vast territory known as Oregon Country would become part of the United States. Where Etienne Lucier homesteaded and farmed is a “stone’s throw” from Lady Hill Winery. We have chosen this unique blend grown at Slide Mountain vineyard by another pioneering farmer of French-Canadian decent. Tucked up against a north facing hillside in the Yakima Valley and situated above the ancient Missoula flood plain, you’ll find a unique site with volcanic soils laced with compacted clay. It’s here that grower Bruce Morford has chosen to plant vinifera alongside his family’s orchards, hop farms and mint fields.
Typical vineyard hues of currant to brick at the rim indicate the full 22 months in barrel resting sur lie. This process produces not only a lighter color profile, but also an elegant sophistication to the mouthfeel. Layered under savory hints of olive, sage and thyme you’ll find a full spectrum of red to black fruits laced with cocoa and tobacco leaf. Because of the cool nature of this warm climate site, the tannins are chalky as the compacted volcanic clay provides a clean minerality throughout the finish.