2015 Stone Crusher Roussanne

2015 Stone Crusher, Skin Ferment Roussanne

Orange wines are fascinating for many reasons but most exciting for us is the incredible versatility at the table.

El Dorado

We started making skin ferment Roussanne back in 2009 before the term orange wine was even coined. Initially made this way in hopes of driving the natural fermentation to complete, but by 2009 Jared & Tracey decided the potential for such a wine, especially with food pairings, was extraordinary and they never looked back.

With chewy tannins reminiscing a red varietal, this wine finds its perfect balance to the rich, fruity structure of Roussanne. 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.

Tasting Note: Aromatics are beautifully curious: like some clash of orange blossom, pekoe tea, and nectarines with beeswax and minerals in the background. The palate is full of texture with flavors of dried apricot and quinine with a chewy and slightly spicy finish that completes with a hint of pear and dried ginger.

  • Appellation: El Dorado
  • Vineyard: Elen Ridge
  • Varietal: Roussanne
  • Age: Planted 1998
  • Elevation: 2400 ft.
  • Soil: Fine-grained loam, acidic residuum weathered from granite
  • Harvested: Aug 26, 2015
  • Pressed: Sep 9, 2015
  • Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 14 days in open top wood vat
  • Barrel aging: 10 months in neutral French oak
  • Bottled: July 28, 2016
  • Production: 181 cases
  • Release date: Summer 2017

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