Shady Lane Cellars Riesling ''Pomeranz''

Style:  Natural / Orange           Vintage: 2017            ABV: 12.3% 

Varietal: Riesling                     Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula             

Region: Michigan                        County:  United States

Orange, amber and esoteric. Discover Pomeranz, a skin fermented Riesling. This limited project pulls its name from the old Germanic word for importer of bitter Seville oranges. Skin fermented white wines are fermented much like a red wine, extracting color and tannin from the skins. These wines are also known as Orange Wines or Amber Wines. Today skin fermented whites are rare and unique, but they have a deeply rooted history going back 5000+ years to the country of Georgia. A wine for bold palates with aromas and flavors rooted in dried apricot, orange peel, raw honey, white tea and earthy notes. A lift of acid and texture carry to the dry, rich finish.

The gold color and ever so slightly cloudy appearance set the tone for a curious wine, as do aromas of oolong, bergamot and orange peels. White tea tannins are well balanced by mellow but steady stony acidity on the palate that echoes the nose adding kumquat and lemon peels. The lingering finish delicately yet endlessly holds the bergamot and lemon-peel flavors. This is a thought-provoking wine for those who enjoy fascinating wines with some skin contact. -- Wine Enthusiast, Editor's Choice, 90 pts

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