2016 Roussanne & Grenache Blanc

75% Roussanne
25% Grenache Blanc

11.8% Alc
TA 6.0 g/L
pH 3.43
Total SO2 58 ppm

24 Cases Produced
32 USD Retail

Picked
August 24 - August 25 2016

Bottled
September 20 2017

Released
March 3 2018

VESSEL
Skin and co-fermented in macro bin and stainless steel tank.

TIME
Aged in stainless steel barrel neutral French oak barrels for 12 months. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally.

EYE
Orange amber to light copper.

NOSE
Ripe red apple, nutmeg, dried apricot, Red Hots, persimmon pudding and Asian pear.

MOUTH
Tannic grip with light viscosity.

LANGUAGE
Although humans all see with similar eyes, color may be as subjective as taste. Historical approaches to color fall into two categories: the scientific, rooted in Sir Isaac Newtons descriptions of visible lights seven-colored spectrum in his 1704, Optiks; and the perceptive/expressive, owing to J.W. von Goethes 1810 poetic rebuttal of Newtonian theorems in Zur Farbenlehre. Abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky put Goethes ideas into action, writing of orange: Its note is that of the angelus, or of an old violin. Artist Joseph Albers added a new perspective to the debate with his 1963 Interaction of Color. Albers empirically juxtaposed colors, demonstrating some regularity in how colors will appear in given contexts, but he concluded that they are essentially unruly. The same could be said of orange wine, a denomination known by color rather than grape or soil. It is unpredictable, with its amber tones derived from just the right amount of contact with the yellow and green skins of white varietals, resulting in a mercurial play of light and color.

* Elizabeth Mangini is an art historian and Assoc. Professor and Chair of the Visual Studies program California College of the Arts.

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