2021 Concentric Wine Project Capt. Charsanne Rouchard

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2021 Concentric Wine Project Capt. Charsanne Rouchard
2021 Concentric Wine Project Capt. Charsanne Rouchard

The Concentric Wine Project is an outlet for creative experimentation in the cellar.  All winemaking is based around a goal of nothing added, nothing taken awayas close to naturally fermented grape juice as possible.  Serious experiments.  Fun wines.

Capt. Charsanne Rouchard is an orange wine.  No, this is not a citrus wine; no oranges were used in the winemaking process.  “Orange wine” (amber wine, skin contact white wine, etc.)  refers to a winemaking process where white wine grapes are processed and fermented while in contact with the grape skins (how red wine is made).  Most of the time white wine grapes are pressed immediately, separating the juice from skins/seeds.  Grape skins and seeds are responsible for color and tannins in wine, and with most white wines you try and avoid any added color and tannins.  We ended up fermenting and aging this wine on the grape skins and seeds, sealed in a tank, for 82 days.  The resulting wine is a big white wine with some hefty tannins behind it and a seemingly endless flavor and aroma profile.

As for the unusual name, during the long-sleepless-exhausting hours of harvest certain lots of wine are bestowed fun names by staff members while working through states of delirium.  I don’t recall who started calling this wine Charsanne Rouchard (50% Chardonnay, 50% Roussanne word-mashup), and I don’t recall who thought that name sounded like Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek), but because Jean-Luc was a Captain in the Starfleet, we figured our Charsanne Rouchard needed to be promoted to a Captain.  Enter: Capt. Charsanne Rouchard.  Fun and silly wine names don’t always make it on the bottle, but when they do, it’s usually a Concentric wine.

Tasting notes

Aromas of yellow pear, orange oil, toasted almonds, clarified butter, and the exotic uva japonesa.  Hefty tannins support this wine and are balanced with bright acidity and flavors ranging from dried apricots to white peach, finishing with a touch of quinine.

Varietal100% Malbec
Varietal Composition50% Roussanne, 50% Chardonnay
AppellationWahluke Slope AVA
VineyardRiverview Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced60
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington
Artificially CarbonatedNo
Sparkling WineNo

Estate Riverview Vineyard

Tyler Armour

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