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2019 Bestiary Ramato

2019 Bestiary Ramato

85% Pinot Grigio, 8% Malvasia Bianca,
5% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Tocai Friulano

Cases Produced: 312

Philosophy: While Ramato wines have become popular in recent years—notably reviving in the Friuli region of Italy, they actually represent ancient Georgian winemaking techniques that persisted until considered rustic against advancing technology. The term “orange wine” can be misleading, and many variations wax philosophical but lack joy. Not trying to make an art film that you have to talk yourself into liking, Winemaker Sean O’Keefe aimed to preserve and balance the joy of the fruit against a pleasingly astringent piquancy.

The Pinot Grigio was pressed on November 12th after fermenting on its skin, whole berry, with daily pumpovers for three and a half weeks. The Malvasia Bianca, Tocai Friulano, and Sauvignon Blanc were fermented whole berry in a small open top bin with daily punchdowns for two and a half weeks before pressing on November 4th. While our red wines usually require two pumpovers a day, we treat these white grapes to a gentler experience, extracting the perfect amount of flavor and texture from the skins. Malolactic fermentation occurred simultaneously with the primary, furthering textural complexities.

Post fermentation, the Pinot Grigio was aged on its lees in a 2500L German oak Döppelstück, while the Ambra portion of the blend was pressed into two neutral oak barriques. After roughly six months in oak, the wine was blended together and bottled. As 2019 was a much cooler year than 2017, this second vintage features lower alcohol with more aromatic intensity—a variation we’re happy with.

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SKU: 2019ramato
Wine Specs
Old Mission Peninsula
Vineyard Designation
Pinot Grigio from Bella Vista, Malvasia Bianca and Tocai Fiulano from Neeson, & Sauvignon Blanc from Grishaw Vineyards
Harvest Date
October 18-19th, 2019
Enjoy now through 2024
Bottling Date
July 17th, 2020
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our second vintage of Bestiary Ramato, this unique wine captures your attention with austere tea-like notes and bright fruit flavor. Pinot Grigio, being a mutation of Pinot Noir, features hints of clove—a trait often overwhelmed by the red grape’s fruit. The Malvasia Bianca, Tocai Friulano, and Sauvignon Blanc were originally intended for their own blend called Ambra. After experimenting, we found that the Ambra’s pomegranate and tropical fruit flavors meld perfectly with the Pinot Grigio. The final blend is reminiscent of a fruity steeped tea with delicate tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
Able to stand up against strong flavors, try the Ramato with a bitter green salad, brussel sprouts, spicy curry, fermented kimchi, or Korean beef tacos.
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