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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Division Winemaking Co. is a Portland, Oregon based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, and inspired by the wines of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Northern Rhône. This urban winery works with well-farmed terroir-driven vineyards, many of which are organic or biodynamic to source the grapes that allow them to make approachable, balanced wines with minimal manipulation. 100% gamay, ‘Les Petits Fers’ comes from sites in both the Eola Hills AVA and Umpqua AVA, both regions that enjoy the advantages of the coastal weather, which moderates temperatures and allows grapes to maintain good acidity. The 2019 vintage was reminiscent of the classic vintages of Northern Europe, a perfect match with the winemaking philosophies that have inspired Division from the very beginning. The gamay grape is the heart and soul of Beaujolais winemaking, and ‘Les Petits Fers’ utilizes the traditional Beaujolais technique of carbonic and semi-carbonic fermentation. (Carbonic maceration involves fermenting the wines in a closed vessel filled with CO2 which results in a vibrant, fruity, light-yet-succulent style.) Each site was fermented individually, then blended together and aged in a 475 gallon cement vessel, a stainless steel tank, an oak puncheon, and a few old French oak barrels. Broad and bright across the palate, this beautiful gamay offers up plenty of red strawberry flavors with hints of cherry blossom, vibrant acidity, and an elegant long, savory finish. Fantastic lightly chilled! Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.