Vineyard: Heringer Vineyards in the Clarksburg AVA, fourth generation farming family. Certified Sustainable, farmed organically (not certified yet). Clarksburg is 30 minutes south of Sacramento, but the cooling breezes flow from the bay up the Sac River Delta and the growing degree days and max daily temps are actually more similar to St. Helena or Healdsburg. Ideal up and coming growing region that has a lot more variety of grapes than Sonoma or Napa.
Production: Orange Wine! What does that mean? It’s a white wine made like a red wine meaning that it is fermented on the skins in this case for three weeks. It was also made in a very minimalist style with native yeasts, no fining or filtration, and minimal SO2. After three weeks on skins, the wine was pressed into French oak, with 10% new oak and 20% malolactic fermentation. It aged for eight months for bottling.
Tasting Notes: The nose begins with a very French gun flint aroma (seen in Chablis or sometimes German Reisling) that makes way for honeyed green fruit, white melon, and sourdough. On the palate, the entry is almost hoppy with notes of beeswax, jackfruit, and dried orange peel. While there is a layered effect of tannin that offers a nice grip and texture, there is no bitterness or harshness to the tannins that can be seen in some orange wines.The finish lingers with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit rind.