Bright, limey and mineral, the Memorista has an energetic and vibrant personality with subtle aromatics of wet rocks, soft white flowers, key lime, mineola tangerine and Granny Smith apple. The flavors are prominent and integrated with brûlèed grapefruit, pine, rocks, mineral, powdery white raspberry, lemon chiffon, pear, ginger, honeydew and sweet sage cream. Screaming key lime acidity balances the musk-melon sweetness perfectly, lifting the densely fruited expression and lengthening the palate. The concentration of flavors and balance is a lovely compliment to the smooth, wide texture and delicacy of aromatics, a testament to why Ovum is producing some of the most exciting aromatic white wines in Oregon. Only 100 cases produced.
Forget Oregon Pinot noir, husband and wife team John House and Ksenija Kostic of Ovum Wines are wholly focused on the aromatic whites. As they write on their website, "drinking Ovum wine should be like listening to AM radio, in Stereo." Their wines have a hungry energy about them, which this quote captures well. They translate liquid expressions of place using Reisling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat as their mediums. Winemaking processes are kept minimal, to emphasize the grape, the place and the time. This inspiration is drawn from Old World production techniques, where the juice is slowly fermented and aged, typically, in barrels. This time period, or elevage, is a defining feature that shapes the character of the wine. Different vessels and their size, material and age, each subtly impact the aroma, flavor and texture.
The name Ovum is homage to this process and refers directly to one of the most quintessential vessels of them all: the egg. As luck would have it, the 2013 Memorista Riesling was fermented and aged between a concrete egg and one neutral barrel. John and Ksenija prefer that the wine spend about 9 months on lees after undergoing native yeast fermentations as it hones depth and minerality. Lemelson farms the fruit organically at Meyer Vineyard high up in the Dundee Hills. The finished wine is like a picnic there with white flowers, bright citrus, and pears on a wet rock outcrop with ginger mineral water. It is delicious and mouth-wateringly good now and we're confident it'll only get better.