2019 Koehnen Wine Co Skin Contact Sauvignon Blanc ‘Orange Wine’

$22

Easy to drink with warm tropical fruit notes like mango and passion fruit followed up by a floral tea quality. A guilt-free daytime beverage. Unfined, unfiltered, natural wine. 

 

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, a very recognizable white wine that is popularly dry, refreshingly zesty, and has strong, fruity and herbal characteristics. Ever hear of the term “pyrazines?” It’s a term noting the strong herbaceous flavors that are derived from compounds called Methoxypyrazines. These compounds are also found in bell peppers!

A flagship varietal to the Loire Valley in France (Sancerre) and New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand tend to be more aromatic and have tropical fruit notes than those from the Bordeaux or Loire Valley regions in France. Usually fermented in stainless steel vats, Sauvignon Blanc gives a clean, crisp flavor with occasional mineral notes, but no characteristics from oak, like you would normally see in a grape varietal like Chardonnay. However, look out for Fumé Blanc, this style of wine is an oaked-version of Sauvignon Blanc.

California, USA

Dating back sum 240 years ago, California wine started in San Diego at the Mission de Alcalá, the first Franciscan mission in The Californias. After the gold rush in 1849, wineries then began to populate in Northern California around Sonoma and Napa Valley and the industry took off. Things slowed down during prohibition, of course, but after winning in both the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon categories during The Judgement of Paris in 1976, California (particularly Napa Valley) was back on the map. California now makes up for 80% of wine made in the U.S.

California, famous for its fruit-forward, audacious wines that focus grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. California is characterized by a mediterranean climate, making this region ideal for full-bodies red wines. That being said, many areas closer to the Pacific Ocean benefit from cooling winds and layers of fog that are beneficial for grapes including Pinot Noir and many white wines.

Koehnen Wine Company was founded by John and Alisa Koehnen. John worked for Revel for years which is how he was introduced to Kenny from Hobo Wine Co and created the relationship for this  project. Kenny does the production while John writes the album so to speak.The labels are photos that John took. This label is a photo of Alisa taking a photo of John. 

The vineyard is managed by father daughter pair Bernie and Pilar. Bernie has been growing grapes in Lake County for 50 years since arriving from Chile. All grapes were hand picked and brought to Santa Rosa the morning of September 14th. 100% destemmed. Fermentation occurred on skins for 11 days and then finished in neutral barrel with full mL. The wine remained in neutral barrel for 6 months. All native yeast. Unfiltered and unfined. A small amount of SO2 was used.

John has a 10+ year old dog he named Josko after Josko Gravner. The pioneer behind the orange wine movement. He’s been into skin contact wines long before they became fashionable. 😂

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