Nouveau wines take a lot of shapes and forms, but for simplicity's sake they are fresh wines from the current year's harvest. Typically starting in November, winemakers set aside a small portion of newly-made wine for vineyard workers, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the end of harvest and show off the quality of the new vintage. These wines are fresh and fruit-forward, with bright, juicy acidity, evanescently light in tannin, and made for immediate consumption. As well-suited as they are for parties and for pairing with food, they have become something of a Thanksgiving tradition here in the States.
Jason and I have had our eyes on the fruit from a particular vineyard for the production of a First Colony Nouveau for years, and this year, we decided to go for it! Our 2017 Nouveau is 100% Chambourcin from Five Oaks Vineyard. It exhibits a vibrant ruby-purple color, with an ebulliently fruity bouquet and mouth-watering, red-fruited palate perfectly suited to the dinner table.
Starting this Friday, November 24th, the 2017 Nouveau will be available in the tasting room to enjoy on site or to take away in growlers. Serve this one lightly chilled in a very large jug and happy holidays are all but guaranteed.
Gavin Baum, Winemaker
Originally Posted 21 November 2017