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Mandarin orange blossom, honeysuckle, Ruby red grapefruit, graham cracker, apricot, narcissus, white tea, canned peach, and hay. The palate is round and textured, with both the vibrance of the 2020 grapes along with the aged solera component evident in this amazing wine.
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Often referred to as “orange wine” the practice of leaving the grape skins to ferment with the pressed juice dates back thousands of years to the Caucasus region where Europe and Asia intersect. This ancient practice of extended skin contact during the fermentation of white wines produces a rich and complex wine with added tannins and phenols, and of course the distinctive amber, or “orange,” hue. This wine expands the pairing options of white wine. The bright acid and added tannic texture allows this white wine to pair well with bigger, bolder foods, similar to a light red wine. Lightly chill and enjoy this unique white wine experience.
Grapes for this unique blend come from three different vintages that were picked from different ranches in Monterey County. This 3-year solera blend is comprised of Viognier, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Riesling. In order to create a solera, we kept back two barrels of the first (2-year solera) blend and mixed those with the orange wine we made of viognier from 2019, to create a blend of all three vintages. Of this blend, 3 barrels will continue to age for another year and be blended in with the 2020 orange wine being produced. Our orange wine is natively fermented in small batches and hand punched down and aged in neutral French oak for it's lifetime. It is our hope that this can continue for many years, and include a bit of each of our amazing vintages. Bottled Aug, 2020.
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