Glassmaker, North Coast Orange 2021 750ml

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Glassmaker Wine Co.
United States
Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin
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Personality: “Like sun low in the sky that might be rising, might be setting. These grapes are from Mendocino and Lake Counties. They combine aromas of cara cara red oranges and wet chaparral shrubs. It’s a wine for the shade of a redwood, or a sturdy old stoop,” says the winemaker. Notes of persimmon and acorn squash mingle with some light nuttiness and lemon oil. A more contemplative orange, both easy to have on its own or with richer tangy foods.

Vineyard: Roussane is from Lake County; Chenin Blanc is an old vine dry-farmed site in Redwood Valley, Mendocino; SB comes from Hillside Vineyard, Mendocino. All certified organic (CCOF)

Making of: The Sauvignon grapes were picked at the beginning of September and were 50% destemmed, 50% left as whole cluster, sealed and left to macerate for 1 week before being foot crushed. They finished fermentation with gentle punch-downs every other day till dryness. Aged for 12 months in old oak barrels. The Roussanne received a week of whole cluster fermentation before it was pressed to finish off the skins, then aged for 12 months in old oak barrels. The Chenin was direct-pressed into old barrel where it spent 12 months in total. All indigenous yeast only, blended before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered, bottled with a small dose of SO2.

Winemaker's Note: “Three different vineyards that kinda synergize to make a deep yet welcoming skin contact orange. The Hillside Sauvignon has large double cordons, ripens slowly, and retains blazing acid even in its exposed site, while the little Chenin portion is direct-pressed to mellow some of the SB tannins and add more honey, almond and apple notes to the finished wine.”