“The Cosmic Egg” is an ancient creation myth, recurring across many civilizations and cultures, which holds that the universe originated from a giant primordial egg. This legend has since inspired generations of avant-garde and surrealist artists. This inspiration continues with a wine that signals an expanded universe of possibility. Artfully crafted by Northstar Winery, The Cosmic Egg is a modern incarnation of winemaking’s ancient origins: fermentation and aging in concrete eggs and tanks.
The 2017 growing season was cooler and crop yields were significantly lower in comparison to the past two vintages. The lower temperatures delayed ripening and helped retain fresh fruit aromatics and mouthwatering acidity. Despite cold winter conditions, 2017 gave us concentrated wines with classic Washington state character.
The vineyards of the Columbia Valley lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Warm, sunny days and cool evenings create ideal conditions for aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region’s ability to ripen fruit.