This 2018 Willamette Valley from Haden Fig is lights-out good from the first sniff to the last sip. Within moments of splashing into the glass, it releases high-toned notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, rose petal, wet stone, Bing cherry, crushed earth, damp moss, loose tea, and judicious hints of oak spice. Warning: this disappears quickly. The palate is beautifully elegant with crunchy, savory textures that serve to broaden each sip.
As the wine opens up in a decanter over 30-60 minutes, a vibrant core packed to the brim with forest fruit is further enhanced by a soft crushed-mineral component. It’s sublime, refreshing, savory, crunchy—a delicious case study into Erin Nuccio the winemaker and Willamette Valley the region.