2019 Twinkle Twinkle
Shining like starlight this little wine reminds me of the night pre-harvest when my team went to the Applegate Valley to check out our vineyards. We stayed up late talking and laughing and building our team, under stunning skies; high elevation and no light pollution means the stars are intense out there. Cassiopeia was especially vibrant, we all noted. The next day we went over to Layne Vineyard first thing and tasted some really incredible Chardonnay. I was already committed to working with their Vermentino and Muscat and decided to take on a little Chardonnay as well for a co-fermented field blend.
The wine is very orange - not just in color but also in aroma and flavor. Like a sweet juicy navel orange. The Muscat is well integrated and shows a little bit of floral notes on the aroma, and the Vermentino presents itself in the finish, which is a bit more like lemon pith and saline - it winds up with this great briny finish. The skin contact and one new barrel (out of 6) gives the wine a really fun, slightly grippy texture.