Helioterra 2021 Zenith Vineyard Auxerrois
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Prounounced “oaks-air-wah,” this somewhat obscure grape is an important component of many white wines in the Alsace region of Northeastern France, most often used in a blend. There are a scant 5 small Auxerrois vineyards in Oregon that grow and sell commercially.
On its own, Auxerrois is usually dry, lighter in body and flavor, and not fussy in the least bit!
We love this wine for its laser focus, firm citrus acidity and mildly precocious personality. There were only 76 cases of this wine made!
It may already be clear to you, but we love to support small, women-owned and -run wineries that make great wines! Well, Helioterra, in our minds, is the quintessential business that fits the bill!! Owner and winemaker, Anne Hubatch, grew up in Sheboygan, Michigan, and moved to Portland, Oregon after finishing her degree in Geology and Environmental Studies.
Anne gained an interest in working with the land through her studies, and coupled with her love of wine, it makes sense that she went headlong into a career in winemaking, working alongside some of Oregon’s best winemakers for about ten years!
She founded Helioterra Wines, the name of which was inspired by the Oregon state gem, Heliolite, and the Latin word for earth (terra), in 2009 with her first solo vintage, and has been rockin’ it ever since!
Anne is very proud of her winemaking style, which leans toward a more feminine sensibility, which results--in our opinion--in wines with silk-like texture and flavors that don’t hit you over the head. This lady is about as serious about her wines as winemakers get, and she’s a badass, but she loves to have a good time, and never takes herself too seriously!
You go, Girl!
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