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Hannah Perry
March 10, 2021 | Wine Geek Wednesday | Hannah Perry

Wine Geek Wednesday


🍇What Are Wine Lees?🍇


If you have ever been surprised by the aroma of freshly baked bread in your glass of champagne, then you have found the "Suhr Lee" or lees, as we like to call it.


The term Suhr Lee refers to a specific aging technique: lees contact. Lees are the by product of the cellular self-destruction of yeast cells, called "autolysis." This leaves dead yeast particles that settle at the bottom of a tank! Our wines rest and age on the lees for a bit and then are racked, or separated, only leaving a small amount of lees in the wine itself. So why do we leave any lees behind at all? Because doing so can create rich complex flavors to a wine and can even improve the texture. 


🍀Did you know that finding lees particles at the bottom of your wine glass is an omen of good luck? 🍀

Bottled Chemistry


Lees are perfectly safe to consume and  are especially beneficial in white and sparkling wines, as they soften the tannins and enrich the flavors of the wine.


White and sparkling wines aged on lees are often described as creamier, richer, fuller-bodied, or with greater depth and complexity of flavor.


Red wines aged on lees are often described as rich, oaky with pronounced dark fruit and even spice flavors.



How Processing Wine and Lees Work Together:


Check out a few if our unique wines aged on the lucky lees:


2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay


Oak aging and Chardonnay go hand in hand, as lees aging in oak barrels will diffuse additional aroma compounds from the wood, including sweet, caramel-like notes, smoke-like flavors, clove flavors, and vanilla.


Due to chardonnay's neutrality and hardiness, it makes for a perfect canvas to impart the flavors and textures that lees creates in a wine.


2018 Dirty

The 2018 Dirty is unique when it comes to lees particles, as this wine is not fully filtered. Instead of filtering out the yeast immediately, the wine simply rests for a longer time (no shaking or moving the tanks!). This naturally settles yeast particles through gravity. After this point, the wine gets racked from the lees. 


Because of its less filtered quality, the body of the wine improves, and the small presence of lees particles only make it that much better.



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