2018 Stone Crusher Roussanne

2018 Stone Crusher Roussanne

While skin ferment whites are fascinating for many reasons, most exciting for us is the incredible versatility at the table.

El Dorado


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We 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 11th 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: Beyond its bright notes of mandarins, dried apricots and white peaches, Stone Crusher also flaunts serious tannins and hefty structure. The wine is satisfyingly dry and elegant without compromising its fruit-forward aromatics. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice subtle notes of white tea and orange blossoms before a long finish. Pairs lip-smackingly well with honey-mustard porkchops.

  • 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 30, 2018
  • Pressed: Sept 13, 2018
  • Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 13 days in open top wood vat
  • Barrel aging: 10 months in neutral French oak
  • Bottled: Aug 6, 2019
  • Production: 356 cases
  • Release date: Spring 2020

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