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Pacific Rim Autumnus

2007 Autumnus represents everything that is beautiful about food and wine — bounty, variety and complexity. Crafted to be a perfect food wine, Autumnus is a bit lighter in alcohol with minimal exposure to oak and a soft tannic structure balanced by bright acidity. With excellent complexity and depth of character, Autumnus is a refreshing alternative to one-dimensional, fruit-forward red wines. The Sangiovese brings bright fruit and tannins; the Barbera contributes the acidity and some raciness to the blend with dark cherry aromas and flavors; and the Primitivo — aged in oak — lends a slight touch of rich meaty characteristics and a broad palate. In the end, the blend is soft and high in acid with some deep red fruit (from the Barbera) and floral tones (from the Sangiovese). Goes with pasta or gnocchi in cream sauce, or short ribs with horseradish sauce.
$28.00 / Bottle   $336.00 / Case

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Randall Graham of Bonny Doon fame falls in love with racy white wines, Washington’s wine country buys vineyards, and establishes winery to make said wines. Pacific Rim is such a success it becomes its own operation specializing in Riesling and Chenin Blanc.

For those interested in digging a little deeper we’ll go back about 20 million years when all of Southeastern Washington was covered by gigantic lava flows creating a basalt shield more than 6,000 feet deep in places. Fast-forward to a mere 16,000 years ago during the last Ice Age when a series of cataclysmic events known as the Missoula floods washed away the topsoils that had accumulated over the basalt shields in Southeastern Washington. The floods originated from the sudden breaking of the Pend d'Oreille ice dam which held.

The water released from the Missoula Lake rushed across Southeastern Washington at about 10 cubic miles an hour. The floods brought with them sediment in the form of gravel and boulders which accumulated in the Wallula Gap, where the water backed up. The original soils were scoured off and washed out toward the Pacific Ocean. The floodwaters deposited gravel and boulders that were eventually topped by windblown loess that accumulated from several inches to several feet over the course of more than 3000 years.

In case you’re wondering where all this is headed, fast-forward again to modern times when sharp winegrowers recognized the potential of these thin, poor, dry soils to produce high-quality wine. After all, vineyards thrive on soils where it seems like almost nothing else will grow. A wine region was born and Pacific Rim is making the most of it.

The vision for Autumnus was to craft a wine where each component would bring its own individuality and, at the same time, harmonically counterbalance the individuality of the other component.