Lu + Oly, "Untethered" Sparkling Wine 2020
Chardonnay｜Columbia Valley, Washington
Lu + Oly is a project from Mark Ryan, a respected producer in Woodinville, WA who makes under his eponymous label in addition to the Lu + Oly line. Derived from the names of his two daughters, Lucia and Olivia, it’s an imprint label to showcase a less-serious but just as delicious side of his winemaking prowess.
Mark started the project as a lark in 1999, making just a few barrels in a friend’s garage – a true garagiste, if you will – and his commitment to small batches and high quality has remained steadfast ever since. He’s an outspoken partisan of the singularity of Washington state terroir, with good cause: east of the cascade mountains is a high desert with arid and infertile soils that happen to contribute to making great wine. He focuses on the premier growing regions of Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, and Columbia Valley.
The 2020 vintage is the first-ever appearance of this “Untethered” line, which is 100% Chardonnay sourced from the Columbia Valley. With a gentle, caressing mousse, the wine opens with Meyer lemon, peach pit and cut white flowers, with a crisp backbone of acidity and a balanced, dry, super-refreshing finish. A bit rounded, very bright, and super thirst-quenching, this is a lovely sparkler to drink now right through the spring and summer months.
In his words, their philosophy is to “Maintain a ridiculous commitment to quality”; that quality shines through in this fun, super-quaffable sparkler!
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