Wednesday has struck again.
The first day of October was cray cray around the Fullereno House. It is like everything decided to start to upswing and happen on the same day, both a blessing and a curse. It was a day of spending large chunks of money I would rather save too, so you know how that puts one in a mood. Seriously, adulthood blows. At least the Blueberry, our blue Prius, will be safer to drive and it was a good thing that I got my ankle x-rayed when I sprained it, just to make sure, you know?
I would sum up last week as, “my parents basement isn’t look to bad right about now.”
My mom would both love and hate that sentence. Hahaha!
Luckily, this week has been loads better and I even had the time to write a review, unlike last week, sorry about that. This week is a treat because the wine is from a small winery my parents went to when visiting family in New York.
You already think it is a little fancy, well I know I have been patiently waiting to drink it so let’s get to it!
Review: 2012 Channing Daughters Ramato
Varietal: 100% Pinot Grgio
Region: Long Island, New York, USA
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Price: $24 USD
Note: Not available at LCBO, there are a few locations in Quebec however. Here is a link to where you can find this wine.
I feel as if an introduction is necessary because the concept of this wine is so simple, yet it may blow your mind. For reals. I mentioned that I was given this bottle of wine as a gift from my parents, they were told that this was, “all the rage amongst Somm’s in New York.” They fed into that slightly narcissistic recommendation and oh boy am I ever happy they did.
As you can see this bottle is shaped like a typical Chardonnay bottle but it is made with 100% Pinot Grigio. Also, did you notice that the wine in the picture looks like it has taken a turn for the worst?
Why is that?
This wine is an “orange” wine. No, it is not bad, quite the opposite actually, it is good, real good, like, drink half the bottle than write this review good! In the glass this wine is a an brilliant orange, ale like color. Below is a picture with a piece of white background color to show that the wine is indeed that color.
The reason behind the color is that “orange” wines are when a winemaker takes white grapes and makes them like a red. Orange wines turn out in a range of colors because the wine is fermented on the grape skins and exactly like red wines, the wine will extract color, aromas, and tannins.
Wah-la! Mind blown.
Insult to injury, if my Italian was where I wish it was, I would have known that ramato is copper in Italian. This wine has aromas of what can only be described as Summer ending and Autumn beginning, think end of peach season and the beginning of apple season with a touch of honey, dark baking spices, and citrus.
On the palate, the wine is creamy, medium bodied and dry. The acid on this wine is practically perfect in every way and the finish is sweet and savory, but above all it lingers beautifully.
This is an introductory level orange wine with the price point of $24 so I can only imagine that these just get more aromatically delicious. If you get a chance to grab this specific label or another orange wine, I would hope you would jump at the opportunity.
One point, don’t drink this wine to cold, the winemaker and partner at Channing Daughters Winery, James Christopher Tracy says, “cellar temp 58˚F (14˚C).”
I cannot disagree one bit with the what Channing Daughters Winery says to pair with this:
“…hard cheese, charcuterie, fish, chicken and pork preparations that include spices, nuts, grains, or squash. Exotic, lightly spiced earthy food will work marvelously with this wine.”
I was eating roasted red pepper hummus with sea salted toasted baguette and it was wonderful. Food is fine, but this wine can hold its own and because it fits into no category it can be brought out any time of year.