Producer: Va La Vineyards
Grapes: Tocai, malvasia bianca, fiano, pinot grigio and petit manseng
* Review sample provided by the winery
Va La Vineyards 2013 La Prima Donna
This unique, skin-fermented field blend of tocai, malvasia bianca, fiano, pinot grigio and petit manseng -- all grown on a single hillside just outside of Philadelphia, is as complex and textured as any "orange wine" I've tasted from anywhere.
A melange of citrus aromas -- fresh citrus pulp and dried peel -- combine with notes of dried apricot, ocean air and fresh-cut hay on an effusive nose that morphs over the course of an evening.
On the palate, those same myriad citrus and apricot qualities are joined by notes of jasmine, black tea, and sandalwood on a weighty-but-nimble palate that is concentrated, full flavored and balanced. Textually superior with a nice combination of acidity and tannins, this is the rare "orange wine" that is both intellectually stimulating and hedonistically delicious to drink.
Give it at least an hour in your glass, or better yet, an hour or two in a decanter, to fully enjoy.