2014 Stone Crusher, Skin Ferment Roussanne
Orange wines are fascinating for many reasons but most exciting for us is the incredible versatility at the table.
This white (orange) wine will surprise as it spent 12 days on the skins in a 4 ton open top wood vat before we pressed off to complete fermentation in neutral oak barrels. Orange wines, as they are called, are fascinating for many reasons but most exciting for us is the incredible versatility at the table. With chewy tannins and the structure of a red wine, this wine goes in many directions. With pork, Vietnamese cuisine, winter vegetables and raw and cooked seafood to name a few. If you have the patience to wait, this wine will age slowly and beautifully. Tannins will integrate, revealing a depth and concentration with endless freshness.
Vinous Review, October 2016
Light, amber-tinged orange. Displays aromas of dried pear, peach pit, beeswax and pungent flowers and a hint of smoky minerals in the background. Fleshy, chewy and dry, offering bitter pear skin, orange pith and quinine flavors and a sweeter suggestion of honey on the back half. Skillfully plays richness off nerviness and finishes long and stony, leaving suggestions of ginger and pear nectar behind. Pretty wild stuff; I like it a lot but it's decidedly in the orange wine camp. It holds plenty of appeal for fans of the type but I'd be hesitant to pour it for uninitiated, much less unsuspecting guests. 92 points. Josh Raynolds
- Appellation: El Dorado
- Vineyard: Elen Ridge
- Varietal: Roussanne
- Clone: Tablas Creek
- Age: 16 years
- Elevation: 2400 feet
- Soil: Fine-grained loam, acidic residuum weathered from igneous rock (granite)
- Yield: 2.7 tons/acre
- Harvested: August 27, 2014
- Pressed: September 8, 2014
- Blend: 100% skin ferment Roussanne
- Fermentation: 14 days in open top wood vat
- Barrel aging: 10 months - 60% neutral French Oak barrels
- Bottled: Unfiltered on July 28, 2015
- Production: 386 cases
- Release date: February 2016
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