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Poliphonia, Pheasant's Tears
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Poliphonia, Pheasant's Tears - 2017

Item # 41281 750mL
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Wine made with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

An amber colored wine made from a field blend of 417 grapes. These vines are from a Library vineyard that is owned by Pheasant's tears and allows the winery to experiment with different blends. This blend changes every year and this vintage shows a a copper rosé color from the mix of red and white grapes. Delicious and wild with tangy citrus flavors and ample tannins.

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Staff Pick Notes

The oldest evidence of humans making wine from grapes goes back about 8,000 years, to 5,980 BC at sites in present-day Georgia. The process was different back then. You'd basically fill an earthenware jar (called qvevri) with intact clusters of grapes, seal it with beeswax, and bury it underground for a lunar cycle or two. Whatever ran off and fermented, that was what you got. While now the process is aided by modern understanding of the the science behind winemaking and fermentation, there are still locals making wine in the qvevri method. The Poliphonia is one such wine, a field blend of native grapes macerated with the skins and stems. Copper-colored, rosy, it has more fruit than you sometimes find in a skin contact wine, with plenty of spice, grilled lemon, blood orange and dried peach. It's exotic and, unsurprisingly, a little wild.


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