Chenin Blanc 'Amador County', The Fog Monster
The Fog Monster Chenin Blanc is, as Andrea Mullineux puts it, “an inside-out skin fermentation.” Grapes for the 2013 Chenin Blanc were sourced from the own-rooted, dry-farmed Story Vineyard planted in the decomposed granite soils of the Sierra Foothills in Amador County. Fruit is transferred whole cluster into T-Bins with a blanket of dry ice and then covered and given a 2 week carbonic maceration. After 2 weeks the bins were foot trodden and then pressed to concrete egg tanks to complete fermentation and then matured in those same eggs for 12 months. 11.8% ABV. 100 cases produced.
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The wine has a deep orange/gold color due to the skin contact, and an intense nose of white fruit and spice. The palate is fresh and surprisingly tight and long.