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Epihany Cellars Purité White Three - Pack - $39.99

Pure Pleasure

“False cognates” are foreign words that resemble English words, but don’t mean the same thing. Purité is not one of those words, which we guess makes it a false false cognate.

The point is, as you’d expect, it means “purity” in French. And it means purity in white wine – in other words, no oak.

No oak? NO OAK? Yes, the Purité line from Fess Parker Winery’s Epiphany Cellars presents three white wines that taste like wine, not like wine barrels. Nothing but stainless-steel fermenting for this trio, and stainless steel is just about flavorless. That’s why they use it so much in, like, cafeterias and whatnot.

So the Purité 2007 Chardonnay reveals pear, gooseberry, honeydew, white peach, jasmine, and wet stone aromas and Granny Smith apple, citrus zest, mineral, and apricot flavors, in all their un-oaked glory. It probably helps that unlike most un-oaked Chardonnays out there right now, it’s sourced from a top vineyard, Ashley’s in Santa Rita Hills. That patch of ground is known for its refreshing, brisk minerality and acidity, as you’ll soon taste.

Not that the other two are any slouches. Don’t confuse the Purité 2007 Dry Riesling with regular old Riesling; this one is much less sweet. But its bountiful nose of white nectarine, lychee nut, wet stone, lemon zest, and white flowers lacks nothing in the enticing department. Crisply acidic and citrus-y on the palate, it’s ideal with white fish, pork, Thai, or Chinese. So’s the Purité 2007 Viognier, although its flavor profile (honeydew, pineapple, lychee, cardamom, grapefruit, honeysuckle, apricot, white peach) also suggests some hot & spicy action.

Hey, notice what phrase we almost always use, but didn’t this time? “Hints of oak.” Notice what else we didn’t say? “Hints of stainless steel.” We understand that oak plays a huge role in the traditional white wine, and that’s cool, or whatever. But it’s not exactly pure, is it?

2007 Purité Un-Oaked Chardonnay:

  • Vineyard Source: 100% Ashley’s Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills
  • Blocks: 6D & G
  • Clone Selection: Villa Mt. Eden & Clone 4
  • Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Harvest Date: 10/18/07-10/25/07
  • Harvest Brix: 24-26.3
  • Tons per Acre: 2.5
  • Barrel Aging: 100% Stainless steel fermented and aged for 5 months
  • Alcohol: 14.3% alcohol per volume
  • p.H.: 3.38
  • T.A.: .686g/100ml
  • R.S.: 0.3%

2007 Purité Un-Oaked Dry Riesling:

  • Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyard Source: 86 % Rodney’s Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley & 14% Camp 4 Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley
  • Blocks: Camp 4: 19A Rodney’s: B1, A
  • Clone Selection: White Hills
  • Composition: 100% White Riesling
  • Harvest Date: 9/19/07
  • Harvest Brix: 21.5
  • Tons per Acre: 3.5
  • Barrel Aging: 100% Stainless steel fermented and aged for 5 months
  • Alcohol: 12.9% alcohol per volume
  • p.H.: 3.02
  • T.A.: .719g/100ml
  • R.S.: 0.8%

2007 Purité Un-Oaked Viogner:

  • Santa Barbra County
  • Vineyard Source: 100% from Rodney’s Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Blocks: K
  • Clone Selection: Clone 1
  • Composition: 100% Viognier
  • Harvest Date: 9/26/07
  • Harvest Brix: 26.3
  • Tons per Acre: 2.4
  • Barrel Aging: 100% Stainless steel fermented and aged for 5 months
  • Alcohol: 14.9% alcohol per volume
  • p.H.: 3.47
  • T.A.: .568g/100ml
  • R.S.: 0.3%

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Price: $39.99

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