Producer: Southold Farm + Cellar
Region: Texas High Plains AVA
Winemaking Notes: Skin-fermented
Southold Farm + Cellar 2017 "Fill It Up With Joy" Picpoul Blanc
A beautifully flavorful but balanced wine that falls under the "orange wine" umbrella. It opens with aromas of earl grey tea, over-ripe cantaloupe and orange marmalade, but as it warms and breathes, there are earthier dried flower and spice scents too.
Plump and mouth-filling even at relatively moderate alcohol, it shows more of that cantaloupe along with peaches and tropical fruits like papaya. It's rich, but not heavy thanks to rocky minerality and fresh acidity that brings a nimbleness to the finish, which lingers nicely. Near room temperature, the spices and earthy florals really jump from the glass.
I don't decant wine very much, but this wine almost needs it to show its best. It took four days of tasting to get all of my notes down on paper.