The orange Riesling is an unusual wine, to be expected from a winery which has experimented freely with grape selection and even produced a co-fermented "blend." The designation of "whole grape fermented" was used because Camp says "skin fermented" sounded "kind of yucky." As always, the grapes from the estate's Kubli Bench were crushed and fermented with native yeasts. The "whole grape" means the skins stay in there, which is what gives the wine its interesting orange tint and incredible herbal notes. Alcohol sits easy at 11.5% abv and the wine retails for $20.
The 2017 Troon Vineyard Riesling, Orange Wine, Whole Grape Ferment, Applegate Valley, Kubli Bench Estate Bottled - now that's a mouthful - offers a light touch of tannins, a vibrant acidity and crisp dryness that makes it an extremely refreshing sip. It's one of the more complex white wines I've tasted. There's a strong herbal whiff on the nose, backed up by stone fruit. The tartness hits the perfect middle ground and the wine is as dry as the proverbial bone, so put this wine on the dinner table with full confidence.
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