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2023 'The Sun Egg' - Emme Wines

Origin: Nakai Vineyard, Russian River Valley in California (Organic, Dry Farmed)

Grapes: Muscat Vert 

About the Wine: Here's how Rosalind describes this beautiful, fresh wine - perfect for summertime sipping:

"My first time making an individual wine out of Aki Nakai’s Muscat Vert!  I’ve worked with this fruit since 2020, but in all previous harvests the vineyard has yielded so little that it made the most sense to blend the Muscat into the skin contact ‘tell your sister’ cuvée, as a floral component. 2023, with its slow and mellow ripening season, allowed Nakai to produce enough Muscat to keep the fruit separate for its own cuvée.

After we picked it, the fruit was pressed directly, settled overnight, and racked off gross lees to stainless steel for fermentation.  Once fermentation finished, the wine was placed into one small concrete egg and neutral oak barriques to age for 6 months.

Aki calls this fruit Muscat Vert, so I feel it’s right to put this variety on the label.  However, I am unsure as to whether or not it is truly a muscat, as it lacks the distinctive aromatics I normally associate with the variety.  At the same time, it is certainly more aromatic than Colombard or Chardonnay or Chenin, an aspect which I believe is beautifully exemplified in this direct to press expression of the grape.  Whatever the variety is, it is unique among the other wines I produce, and I am very happy to share it as its own cuvée for the first time.

Indigenous yeast fermentation. SO2: 15 ppm total.  No other additions, unfined and unfiltered.

‘the sun egg’ is a book by Swedish author Elsa Beskow, about an elf who finds an orange in the woods.  One of my favorite stories as a child."

About The Winemaker & Her Process:

Emme Wines is a new endeavor by a young winemaker, yet it is a winery that we wish has been around all our lives. Rosalind Reynolds is the owner and winemaker who farms organic grapes and uses no additives. 2018 was the first vintage for Rosalind, as she wanted to create something of her own, but with the welcomed support of her group of like-minded growers in Northern California.

Wine, at its core, is about community. Countless hands are involved in every glass you drink – the growers who planted cuttings three generations ago; the field workers who prune the vines in winter, tend them throughout the year, and pick the grapes come autumn; the winemakers and interns who foot stomp those grapes, forklift bins of fermenting fruit from tank to press, and fill barrels with wine to rest before bottling; and the distributors, restaurateurs, and sommeliers who help bring that bottle to you.

An incredible amount of labor and love goes into filling a glass with wine, and we are constantly reminded of and grateful for the community that makes all of it possible.

Similar wine should be enjoyed with a community which is why Rosalind crafts fresh, bright wines meant to be enjoyed with friends.

 

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