2019 Rogue Vine 'Jamón Jamón' $20 - Rock Juice Inc

2019 Rogue Vine 'Jamón Jamón' $20

Regular price $20

Region: Rahuil < Itata Valley < Chile

Grapes: Moscatel

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; old, dry-farmed vines on
granite soil; 7-week maceration on skins then 2 months in concrete
before aging in old 500L barrels; 12% ABV; 178 cases

Winemaker: Justin Decker and Leo Erazo

This is skin-fermented Moscatel (aka Orange wine)  from Itata, Chile
-- an old and nearly forgotten viticultural valley with ancient bush
vines (like, hundreds of years old) growing on pure granitic soils.
The area was once a famous wine-producing region, with vineyards
planted in the 1500s, and today is emerging as a hotbed for
small-scale natural wine projects.   From smart folks who recognize
the goldmine in these soils (pure volcanic granite soils that retain
water like a dream, and have repelled pests -- even phylloxera,
naturally, forever) and the opportunity for reviving the area's rich
winemaking traditions.   Rogue Vine is one of these newish artisanal
projects, led by buddies Leo Erazo, winemaker at one of the Mendoza
factories, and American expat Justin Decker. They make wines from two
different subregions of the Itata Valley, where their hillside,
dry-farmed vineyards are 60-300+ years old, and all work is done by
horse plowing and hand farming.

This is a very user-friendly and pretty orange wine, laser-focused and
bone dry but extremely aromatic -- it smells like my mom's
freesia/gardenia perfume hours after applying.  Not in your face
aromatic, but subtly intoxicating. In the mouth, it’s savory and
puckery but not tannic, with ripe peach, almond, honeysuckle and a pop
of black pepper spice. A lovely, happy wine for spring, you’ll want
this for Thursday afternoon aperitivo hour (this should be a thing
while sheltering-in-place!), with some Jamón' (if you're a pig-eater),
or salty nuts.  Chill but not too much -- orange wines shouldn’t be
served ice cold.

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