Nov 9, 2010
“Go Orange!” is the theme here. After more than a few years including my orange wines neatly hidden among it’s white counterparts, i have finally decided to create an orange wine section all of its own. You will find the orange wines listed after the whites and before the rosé’s.
I should also include my definition of orange wine here. In order for a wine made with white grapes to be included in my orange wine section, it should have at least 48 hours of skin contact. In some instances this is enough to give the wines their orange-hued color earning their “orange” name. In other’s, it’s just enough contact to give the wine a glowing yellow color a few shades darker than your average white. The 2009 Sassaia from Angiolino Maule’s La Biancara is an example of this. Just 48 hours of skin contact gives this wine a glowing yellow, almost orangish color, and is therefore included in my orange wine section. An unsulfured and spectacular wine, I love it. Look for a tasting note on it soon.
Along with some of the rarities you’ll find in the new orange wine section, there are some other new wines i should mention here. Like my first 100 % Merlot wine, the Rosso Masieri. Also produced by the outstanding natural wine maker Angiolino Maule of La Biancara (the same guy who makes the Sassaia named above).
Some new wines and vintages from Jean-Pierre Robinot also made it onto the wine list, like his 2009’s Concerto & Regard along with two sparklers – all unsulfured of course. Some interesting wines from Henri Milan, both white and red, from Provence. A couple of new Sassella Magnums from Ar.Pe.Pe in Lombardia. A couple of new Spanish titles, including one from the island of Tenerife. I have also added the “Four Thirteen” wine from A Donkey & Goat winery in Berkley California – my only California wine on the wine list! Named “Four Thirteen” because the wine is made with 4 of the 13 allowed Southern Rhône grape varieties. Click on the Donkey & Goat bottle below to view the most recent wine list.