This golden, slightly cloudy, unfiltered wine possesses the structure, body, and tannins of a red wine with the acidity of a white. The richly textured mouthfeel with savory and earthy overtones reaches your palate leaving a zing of orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, and dried flowers and creates a complex flavor profile with a long lingering finish.
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, the word of the year in the Finger Lakes was drought. Classified as being under ‘extreme drought’ according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, June and July recorded 1 inch of rain or less in both months. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure resulting in a very clean
crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, it was a ripe year with clean fruit, high sugars and low acids. We are expecting excellent reds with good concentration and ripe tannins. Our
vineyards had excellent yields with normal berry size.
BLEND: 52% Gewürztraminer, 48% Chardonnay
Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay were separately harvested, destemmed, and bin-fermented for fifteen and fourteen days respectively. After pressing, the wines were placed in neural barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation and aged for nineteen months prior to blending and bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with local mushroom pâté with pickled ramps, Salmon crudo with avocado, mango, cucumber + chives, or seeded nut crisps with blue cheese + ginger-apricot jam.
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2019
Skin-contact wines are white wines made like red wines. They ferment with the grape skins, which give wine its color, hence the term "orange wine."