Queen of the Sierra Amber, 2020, Sierra Foothills, California
Cuvée: Queen of the Sierra Amber
Grape(s): Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, Chardonnay
Fermentation: Skin, Carbonic, Whole-Cluster
Appellation: Sierra Foothills
Region, Country: Calaveras County, California
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Matthew Rorick
Composed primarily of Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, and Chardonnay, this beautifully nuanced and irreverently elegant wine shows all of the aromatic complexity and textural presence that are the hallmarks of wines grown on the limestone of our estate.
All fruit for our estate amber blend is hand-picked; fermentation occurred in open top vessels with some fruit being destemmed and some left whole bunch. For the most part, we tried to minimize oxidization during cap management, with one punchdown or pumpover per day the typical regimen. We did include a few experimental lots that received different treatment: Vermentino fermented in egg and left there sealed and untouched for four months after which it was drained down to barrel, and a ton of Muscat fermented carbonically. Once removed from their fermentation vessels the ferments were put down to neutral 227L barrique or blended together in stainless, and remained there until being bottled unfined and unfiltered in June 2021.
Smells like clementines and apricots. Tannins like black tea.