Producer: Southold Farm + Cellar 
Region: Texas High Plains AVA
Blend: 100% picpoul blanc
Winemaking Notes:  Skin-fermented
ABV: 12.26%
Price: $35

Southold Farm + Cellar 2017 “Fill It Up With Joy” Picpoul Blanc

Southold Farm + Cellar 2017 "Fill It Up With Joy" Picpoul Blanc

91 points

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.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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