Slight haze (10 month skin contact in clay vessle, natural ferment, unfined, unfiltered, sediment in bottle) medium yellow-gold
Clean scent, very mild scent of apple cider vinegar, stones, youthful and would be interested to see where the aromas go with age. Smells like a good healthy natural wine.
Dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium body, medium intensity of clay and stones, light notes of dry under ripe peach.
Wine is more about texture than fruit and other characteristics. Medium finish.
Nice wine, not your typical Marsanne, look forward to future vintages. Would be interesting to see a portion of the Marsanne (or Roussanne) done in stainless (fruit retention) and blended in. Should talk with Big Basin about Roussanne - “2015 Roussanne Homestead Block is a super-expressive wine. In this vintage, most of the wine (80%) was fermented and aged in amphora, an approach that has worked beautifully here.”
* Appellation: El Dorado Vineyard: Fenaughty Varietal: Marsanne Clone: Tablas Age: Planted 1990 Elevation: 2600 feet Soil: Decomposed granite w/red clay loam Harvested: September 12, 2017 Pressed: July 18, 2018 Maceration: 10 months in handmade Italian clay Fermentation: Wild yeast and bacteria Bottled: August 10, 2018 Production: 59 cases Release date: November 2018 — a month ago
Nice skin contact wine. Surprisingly good. Heavy on apple and lime notes. — 12 days ago
Skin contact. Crisp, mouthwatering acidity, hint of tannins to provide some structure. Aromas of ripe pineapple and mangoes. Notes of pomelo, Granny Smith apples, Parmesan. — 10 days ago
Stunning and incredibly memorable! The best wine I’ve had in a while and certainly the best Aligote hands down. Texture was absolutely spot on. Creamy but assertive from the skin contact. Charming and strong. An ugly duckling that doesn’t yet know it’s a swan. Could drink many many bottles of this and never grow bored. — 2 months ago
Cloudy nice orange nice — 2 days ago
Pretty nice $24 white with skin contact — 6 days ago
Perfect golden yellow skin contact. A great introduction to orange wine for a new comer. — 12 days ago
Skin contact orange wine. Delicious. — 22 days ago
Unique hoppy aromatic profile on Arianna Occhipinti’s SP68 Bianco. It could be a west coast IPA - initially mosaic hops and grapefruit, then slowly creeping wild flowers, apricots, coriander, and exotic orange spice. Lean with good acid. The native blend (Moscato di Alessandria and Albanello) sees two weeks of skin contact. Flavors are savory floral - spicy citrus, jasmine tea, and chamomile. It’s a terrific beery wine, and though I sometimes don’t like that blurred profile, this one sings. — 16 days ago