Frontenac Gris Skin-Fermented

After a long wait, we are so excited to be releasing our “orange” wine, our Frontenac Gris Skin-Fermented.

Orange wines, produced from white grapes left in contact with their skins through all or part of fermentation, have been returning to popularity as winemakers and wine drinkers alike are embracing this traditional style. Ranging from dry to sweet, delicate to rich and intense, there is something for everyone. We produced ours from 100% Frontenac Gris grapes grown on the farm, which were crushed and soaked (chilled) on the skins for 3 days before fermentation. The wine fermented on the skins for 2 days before pressing, where the wine completed fermentation off the skins.

An off-dry white wine of 100% Frontenac Gris partially fermented on skin. It shows hints of grilled peach, tangerine and freshly cut fruit-wood alongside a deeply complex nose.
The finish is long and lingering, encouraging the drinker to enjoy another sip and explore food pairings.

Specs:

  • Varietal: 100% Frontenac Gris
  • Harvest Date: N/A
  • Bottle Date: 9/18/2019
  • Oak Profile: None
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.325

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Oaked Frontenac Gris Label

Frontenac Gris Oak-aged

Price: $12.99

Our reserve Frontenac Gris was aged in French oak for 14.5 months and aged for 2 years in the bottle before release. The wine has rich and elegant notes of honey, vanilla, toasted oak, baked pear and pineapple. The naturally high acidity of the grape varietal keeps this lush wine lifted and youthful on the finish. It has potential for further bottle aging, but we love the complexity and depth of this wine as we sip through each gorgeous glass.

Specs:

  • Varietal: Frontenac Gris
  • Harvest Date: NA
  • Bottle Date: 12.9.19
  • Oak Program: 14.5 months in French oak barrels
  • Residual Sugar: 2.75%

Grape Information: This wine is made from 100% Vermont-grown Frontenac Gris grapes, which are resistant to temperatures as low as -38 degrees Fahrenheit. Years ago, the Frontenac variety produced a single, random bud mutation, and was discovered by the diligent researchers at the University of Minnesota. Thus, the Frontenac Gris was born! (The “Gris” means ‘grey’, indicating the grayish-pink skin color of the grapes). This variety grows like wildfire in the vineyard, and can be rather exciting to tame.

 

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