Pheasant's Tears 'Saperavi' 2020
Producer: Pheasant's Tears
Notes: Founded in 2007 by an American painter, John Wurdeman, and Gela Patalishvili, a Georgian whose family has been making wine for eight generations, Pheasant’s Tears sits in the mountainous village of Sighnaghi in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region. The name 'Pheasant's Tears' refers to an old Georgian tale in which it's believed that only the very best wine can make a pheasant cry tears of joy. Dedicated to meeting this 'tears of joy' standard, Pheasant's Tears produces artisanal natural wines with ancient Georgian techniques, growing rare grape varieties and harvesting them organically. All wines are fermented in qvevri, traditional clay amphorae, which are lined with beeswax and sunk into the ground. Natural yeast fermentations are employed. This wine is made from handpicked Saperavi grapes, the leading red variety of Georgia. Indigenous to the country, 'saperavi' means 'the place of color.' And it's one of the few teinturier grapes in the world—with red flesh as well as red skin. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no added sulphites.