Have we been around long enough to call this a classic? It’s the white t-shirt of Guthrie Family Wines. The red lipstick. The cheeseburger.. She’s great, she’s always been great, she’ll always be great. Great with oysters, great with frites, great with the first sweaty, sunny day of 2022.
By now you know from our beautifully written tech sheets that a loose translation of picpoul means “stings the lip”. Well the 2021 vintage is no different, with crunchy crispy laser beam-y acid that makes a straight line right down your palate. We went back to the magnanimous mountain man of the Sierras, Matthew Rorick, to source this fruit from his 2000 foot-elevation vineyard in Calaveras outside the town of Murphys. It is situated on limestone soils beneath a top layer of schist with a healthy population of bears, deer, rabbits and other critters that Matthew finds delicious.
Once picked (on the early side), this fruit is pressed ever so gently to avoid extracting any overly bitter phenolic flavors from the skins. Fermented and aged in flex tank* and neutral barrel to highlight the inherent flavors of the variety and avoid tasting any winemaker influence. Hey, we’re simply it’s spokesperson.
It’s a lemon lime yuzu party in a way that makes you want to squeeze it into a shaker over ice and oh wait that’s a margarita. But same / same! Let’s take that limeyness a step further and call it lime curd, key lime pie, hell if lime ice cream was a thing we’d freakin’ eat it. What makes Picpoul so special is the balance of *lightning* and softness, and we’ve got both in spades.
Always (and only) minimal Sulfites added.