Stone Crusher Skin Ferment Roussanne, 2020
Our chameleon on the table who is one of our most versatile wines to pair menus with
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We started making skin ferment Roussanne back in 2007 before the term orange wine was coined. It was initially made this way in hopes of driving the natural fermentation to complete. By 2009 we realized the potential for such a wine — especially with food pairings —was extraordinary and have never looked back! 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: Dive deep into this layered and textural skin ferment wine that is simultaneously light, exotic and assertive. Tart dried apricot, coriander and cumin start the journey, followed by notes of nectarine, pear blossom, black tea and earthy musk. With chewy tannins and an alluring phenolic quality, this wine is satisfyingly dry and elegant without compromising its fruit-forward aromatics. It will keep you sipping, trying to pinpoint exactly what magical components are contained within! Pair with sesame ginger poke, pork dumplings, chickpeas with cumin or honey-glazed roasted carrots.
- 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 2, 2020
- Pressed: Sept 16, 2020
- Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria,
- 14 days in open top wood vat
- Barrel aging: 8 months in neutral French oak
- Bottled: April 29, 2021
- Production: 232 cases
- Release date: Spring 2022
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