|Varietal||Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Malvasia|
This is an orange wine. It is a reference to the fact that this wine is fermented with skin contact and not a direct reference to the color. The exact hue may vary from fairly pale to a deep amber.
The Envelope is an intriguingly aromatic and an intoxicatingly delicious skin-fermented "orange" wine. The flavors and aromas are reflective of apricots, peaches, honey, roses, lychees, brown spice, brown sugar, apple compote, minerals, butterscotch and dried papaya. This is nuts, yes there are those flavors too in this complex, inviting wine. Made from 54% Chardonnay, 38% Gewurztraminer and 8% Malvasia Bianca this is a dry, full-bodied white that has a gorgeous psychedelic orange appearance.
This is a balanced, long wine that would be delicious with corn, squash, smoked ham, duck and figs, quince paste and cheese, seeds, root vegetables, caramelized flavors and most things porcine.
This wine is electric! The color, the aromas, the flavors, the textures all pulse with vitality. Our 2015 Envelope is exotic, enticing, exciting and is all about paradox. A white wine with color... made like a red...a white with tannin and structure...a full-bodied, broad wine with moderate alcohol and a cleansing, juicy quality with full malo-lactic fermentation! This is fantastic stuff!
All the fruit was hand-harvested and was gently de-stemmed, crushed by foot and fermented on its skins. The wine was all co-fermented (all with wild/ambient yeast) for 16-25 days on its skin after which the wine was bucketed out and pressed off, then put in old/neutral oak puncheons where the wine spent 24 months before it was bottled.