2019 Stone Crusher Roussanne
While skin ferment whites are fascinating, we're most excited about the incredible versatility at the table.
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Jared started making skin ferment Roussanne back in 2007 before the term orange wine was even coined. It was 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. This is their 12th vintage making Stone Crusher.
With chewy tannins reminiscent of 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: Stone fruit shines in this rendition of Stone Crusher both on the aromatics and palette. Our noses are also greeted with rose petal, navel orange, clove and cinnamon. Beyond its bright notes of fresh nectarine, dried apricots and white peaches, we also see some medium tannins showing through in notes of black tea and cement. The wine is satisfyingly dry and elegant without compromising its fruit-forward aromatics. We recommend it with a watermelon + feta + mint salad and hot sausages off the grill.
- Appellation: El Dorado
- Vineyard: Elen Ridge
- Varietal: Roussanne
- Age: Planted 1998
- Elevation: 2400 ft.
- Soil: Fine-grained loam, acidic residuum weathered from granite
- Harvested: Sept 9, 2019
- Pressed: Sept 18, 2019
- Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 9 days in open top wood vat
- Barrel aging: 10 months in neutral French oak
- Bottled: July 22, 2020
- Production: 291 cases
- Release date: Spring 2021
- UPC Code: 857071006154
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