It Ain’t Easy Being Orange
We actually have had wine from Vermont before, a nice honey-elderberry wine from Caledonia Winery. Honestly, though, Vermont isn’t a hotbed of wine production, ranked as the 26th state in this category. So, we weren’t expecting to be reviewing a wine from the Green Mountain State.
Winemaker Ethan Joseph crafted Tectonic with 100% LaCrescent grapes. This is a cold-resistant hybrid grape, perfect for the cold Vermont winters. Many wine connoisseurs sniff at the mention of hybrid grapes – but we’ve tasted many and have several favorites. Tectonic shows just what magic can be made with hybrids.
A New Wine Dictionary
Iapetus wines use wild fermentation and are unfiltered and unfined. The curiously attractive bottle looks like an orange lava lamp with swirling sediment creating a cloudy visage.
Sipping the wine, I remarked that a whole new dictionary was needed to describe the wine. This is not your usual bottle of vino. We had the wine chilled down as we typically do for whites. The first sip had a blast of brininess – salt-like. As we puzzled about that, the wine began to warm up and the prominent flavor was an explosion of tangerine rind with notes of clove.
Iapetus, named for an ancient ocean that once covered Lake Champlain, is a collection of experimental wines. Tectonic is engaging and fascinating and one of the most unique wines we’ve tasted in a while.