1120 State Rd.
tel. (541) 478-2873
15 ac – 24,000 bt
Steven Thompson and Kris Fade were working a harvest in New Zealand when word reached them one of the oldest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest, Atavus, was for lease. They quickly packed their bags and headed back home to Washington, where Thompson had assisted Christophe Baron at Cayuse Vineyards for the previous four years. That vineyard opportunity gave birth in 2010 to Analemma Wines. A year later Thompson and Fade found a property to purchase across the Columbia River in Oregon.
Atavus Vineyard rises above White Salmon, Washington to 1800 feet above sea level. It was planted with Gewürztraminer and the Swiss Mariafeld Pinot Noir clone in 1968. Additional fruit is purchased from nearby Oak Ridge Vineyard, another high altitude site at 1400 feet above sea level. Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer were planted there in 1984, and it is an organically certified site Thompson and Fade co-farm with the owners. Thompson believes his Mosier Hills Vineyard shares a similar climate with Galicia, Spain so you will find Mencia, Godello and Tempranillo planted there, along with everything from Syrah to trousseau. All three vineyards are farmed organically.
Analemma’s wines tend to age beautifully. The Oak Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 has a floral nose filled with tart raspberry and mildly savory aromas. Red fruit and, pine needles dominate the palate, along with significant tannins and acidity. The Mosier Hills Estate Tinto 2016 is a Tempranillo-Grenache-Syrah blend with a bouquet of black cherries and herbs, followed by flavors of tobacco and dark raspberries. Analemma is the first winery in America to release a Mencia wine, and the Mencia 2016 (Great wine) is a glorious combination of wild strawberries, black pepper and thyme.