Fruit aromas of musk melon, apricot, and tangerine are made far more interesting by layers of Earl Grey tea, dried flowers, and blanched almonds on an interesting-but-approachable (not all wines made in this style are so approachable).
Though lighter-bodied upfront, there is a nice little bit of tannic grip here, which frames the same melange of fruits found on the nose. The finish is long and turns a bit savory and saline with some white tea as well. Well done – and again – approachable example of orange wine.
Producer: William Heritage Winery
Region: Outer Coastal Plain AVA
Grapes: 100% chardonnay (musque clone)
Winemaking: 14 days on skins, ambient yeast fermentation, 100% stainless steel
Score: 90 points
* Review sample provided by the winery