North Coast White Wine
Blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Picpoul, Rolle and a scooch of Viognier. (“Like Chateauneuf-du-Pape” says owner/winemaker Dave Grega.) 9 day cold soak, with skins, pre-fermentation. Floral, citrus extract and sun-dried peaches and pears on the nose. Taste is tropical fruits, salt-roasted almonds. Strong, long finish that gets chocolate-y and exotic. 46 cases made.
By Connor Swanson for September 18, 2013 newsletter:
Redheads are known for being sassy, but in a good way. Carlotta Cellars “Aubrey” white wine is no different. And while the green-eyed beauty on the label might catch your eye, it is the first sip that will truly take your breath away. A North Coast blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Picpoul, Rolle and Viognier—this is a wine that has a lot going on. A 9 day soak on the skins gives it a lovely golden hue and surprising complexity. The richness of the first sip tricks you into believing the wine is sweet; the finish shatters that illusion gracefully. It’s floral and fruity up front with an ending that makes me think of salt-roasted cashews. And it holds. This is a white wine that can stand alone, though I wouldn’t hesitate to pair with something spicy out of Southeast Asia—a Banh Mi sandwich comes to mind.
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