Teutonic Bacalao Tannat 2021
Regular price $34.00
Winemaker: Barnaby Tuttle
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grape Varieties: Tannat
When Barnaby and Olga visited the Basque Region of Spain and France and tasted some of the Tannat wine produced there, they we hooked and dead-set on making this wine. Since 2016 they have been looking for Tannat and finally found some, but not in Oregon, in California. Transporting fruit from CA to OR is not easy or inexpensive, but this is how much they wanted to make Tannat. So here we are, the first Tannat made with this fruit. “Bacalao” means Salt Cod in Basque and is a traditional dish in the region. This wine is dense and velvety. Unfilterd, the mouth feel reveals layers of purple fruit and with barrel fermentaion the tannins are tamed.
Winemaker Barnaby Tuttle is a native Portlander, a rarity these days. He was just 12 years old when he began to wash dishes at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Southeast Portland. After years at this benchmark institution and a few other jobs, Barnaby returned in 2003 to work as general manager and wine steward. During his tenure there, he developed an insatiable passion for wine and after meeting German wine importer Ewald Moseler, he became obsessed with esoteric cool-climate wines.
Drawing parallels to his native land, Barnaby and his wife Olga set out to produce lean/low alcohol wines that maintain their sense of place and varietal structure. The Tuttles found their hallowed ground in some of the most coveted vineyards in Oregon: including Medici, Maresh, David Hill, and John Albin's Laurel Vineyard (with an elevation of 1250ft, this is the highest vineyard site in the Willamette Valley). Their house style is represented by wines that are low in alcohol (typically 9% to 12% alcohol by volume), and high in acidity.
In early spring 2005, Barnaby and his wife, Olga, were presented with the opportunity to plant a small vineyard on a friend's property in Alsea, Oregon. Alsea is west of Oregon's coast range and only 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They took a gamble, planting Oregon's first coastal vineyard. The first years were quite challenging, as they learned some valuable lessons, but they remained true to their goal--to grow fruit in a cool climate. Their first crop in 2008 produced two barrels of Pinot Noir which became available in Oregon in November 2009. Barnaby worked as the assistant winemaker at Laurel Ridge Winery in Carlton, Oregon for two years before moving off on his own to form Teutonic Wine Company with Olga.