2020 Disko Gewürztraminer/Grüner Veltliner (orange)
Region: Santa Ynez Valley < CA
Grapes: 75% Gewürztraminer, 25% Grüner Veltliner
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: biodynamic farming; unsulfured; carbonic maceration, aged in older 600-liter neutral barrels, then bottled by gravity; unfined/unfiltered; 120 cases made
Winemaker: Sean Hogan
Sean is a young guy from New Jersey who happens to come from Cali natural wine royalty - his uncle is Michael Roth of Santa Barbara County's Lo-Fi wines. He moved to Santa Barbara to work under uncle Mike Roth at Demetria Estate, where he was the then-winemaker, at age 18. This stint sealed his love for wine, so he headed back to the SB area after college,where has been the assistant winemaker at Coquelicot Organic Estate Vineyard for 6 years and also assists with Lo-Fi wines. In 2020 he took the solo leap and started his own brand, Disko Wines, following the natural, super minimal intervention style of winemaking he learned from the Lo-fi crew. Sourcing fruit from esteemed vineyards such as Jurassic Park, Rancho Arroyo Perdido, and Oak Savannah, all of which are located in Los Olivos, CA.,Disko is all about making fun, fresh, easy drinking wines including skin fermented whites, carbonic reds, and low ABV piquette. Nothing added or taken away, just minimal SO2 (if any) and a lot of flavor!
We love the Lo-fi wines (and guys behind the brand), so we're stoked to discover Disko wines, which are all light, fresh, and fun in the Lo-fi style. We got the only Bay Area allocation of his three inaugural wines (all in very limited quantities), like this insanely good skin contact Gewurtz/Gruner blend. It's a bright, floral, aromatic orange wine that smells heavenly, like a garden of gardenias and orange blossoms in full bloom, but the palate is dry with a touch of spice and zippy acid. One bottle is not enough, especially at this price - if you're an orange wine fan, go big here!