MARCH WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE
Meditazione is an exotic, delicious, non-traditional skin-fermented white blend initially inspired by the "Vino da Meditazione" wines in the Friuli region of Northeast Italy. Some now like to call this style of wine "orange" or "amber" due to their deep golden, orange, amber hued tones the wines take on after contact with the skins of the white grapes. This is our ELEVENTH vintage of this wine and we are thrilled that the following for our Meditazione by consumers, the press and sommeliers has soared. This is a style of wine that is ancient yet only relatively recently revived and touted and appreciated again in the wine world. Indeed the color of these wines are darker than other whites due to the skin maceration, ours has a beautiful rich, deep golden almost red inflected hue. Our 2014 Meditazione is comprised of 36% Pinot Grigio, 21% Muscat Ottonel, 14% Chardonnay, 13% Tocai Friulano, 7% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Pinot Bianco and 4% Gewurztraminer. All the fruit for our Meditazione was hand-harvested from our estate in Bridgehampton and the Research Vineyard on the North Fork. The fruit was de-stemmed and the grapes were fermented together wild/ambiently on their skins for nineteen days in one-ton open-top fermenter bins. Raised in 29% stainless steel barrels, 10% new and 61% neutral French and Slovenian oak puncheons barrels and hogsheads for 23 months; this is a textured, aromatic and delicious white wine that appeals to both the senses and the intellect. Our 2014 Meditazione is dry, medium bodied, on the low side of moderate alcohol (12%) and possesses juicy acidity. The flavors and aromas are exotic, concentrated, penetrating and complex. They remind one of chamomile tea, citrus and apple blossoms, fresh and dried apricots, pear skin, brown baking spices, white yellow and orange flowers, peaches, honey, caramel and dried mango. The fruit spectrum runs the gamut from herbal to citrus to stone to tropical! This rich wine has sex appeal and a long persistent finish. The 2014 Meditazione is complex, full of deliciousness, long, lingering, sweet on the nose, savory on the palate, intoxicating, paradoxical, irresistible, and still just a baby! This wine ages effortlessly for a decade plus and we have rarely made this much that we can send out to our beloved Wine Club and still have more for you to cellar away! Drink our 2014 Meditazione with game birds (squab, quail), pork belly, sausages, aged alpine cheeses and fish, poultry and pork dishes containing nuts, seeds or squash. It will also be excellent with veal Marsala and items with sherry sauces. Do not over chill this wine as it will mute the flavors and try thinking about it more in the context of a red wine (in fact pour it in a large glass) to releases the amazing aromas. 503 cases were produced. 6 bottle max per customer.