100% Gewürztraminer
    Williamette Valley, OR
  • SIZE
    130 Cases Produced

Matt Berson, the winemaker/owner of Love & Squalor, began working in the Oregon wine industry in 2003, after his previous glorious career in the restaurant industry came to an end. In 2007, Portland Wine Company released 65 cases of wine. Since then, the company has grown to a case production of over 1800 cases.

Love & Squalor was founded on the belief that wine needs to taste alive. The best way to ensure this is to let the grapes express themselves. As conditions in the volatile Pacific Northwest change with each harvest, Berson’s wines gracefully demonstrate the nuances of terroir each vintage. Berson strives to present those with a unique personality that embodies authenticity in each vibrant sip.

Love & Squalor 'A Frayed Knot' Rosé of Gewürztraminer is truly a singular wine from the 1971 Sunnyside Vineyard. The color derives from a long cold skin maceration and was fermented dry in Syrah barrels. It has a floral and sweet nose, medium weight body and a nice mineral finish.  

From the Winery: Sometimes the best things come as a result of an accident. When your hand is forced in an unfamiliar direction, you can discover paths and solutions you never knew you liked. That is how this wine came to be. I first made it in 2013 and have been refining the accidents ever since. It may seem to us like a frayed knot, but the knot knows exactly what it is doing (and it is not afraid). Sunnyside Vineyard is situated in the southeast corner of Salem, not far from the Enchanted Forest amusement park – a local favorite for generations of Oregonians. This vineyard is my ‘go-to’ site for aromatic and complex whites. In addition to Gewurztraminer, I also source my top Riesling from this parcel of land. Sunnyside was first planted in 1971. The site was settled and has been farmed by Tom Owen and Luci Wisniewski since 1980. They planted the Gewurztraminer block on its own roots in 1981.



Pure aromatics and a lithe palate with plenty of acid keep the whole show poppin’. Lychee candy, orange blossom, honey and fresh peach pie on the nose, with strawberry, peach, pink grapefruit, tangerine and stony minerality on the palate. This one keeps unfolding forever. 

From the Winery: We picked 2.5 tons of Gewurztraminer on October 10th, when the skins had turned their typical rosy blush color but the acid had not yet disappeared from the fruit. The clusters were destemmed and the bins of juicy berries were rolled into our walk-in refrigerator. They steeped in their juice at a low temperature for about two weeks with an occasional piegage to break the berries and gently extract the pigment from the skins At this point we pressed the grapes, settled the juice for a short time and then pumped it into some neutral hogshead barrels that used to have Syrah in them (which probably doesn’t make a difference but is still cool). It fermented dry and went through malolactic both spontaneously in barrel. The 2017 ‘A Frayed Knot’ was bottled sans filtration on April 10th, 2018.