Highlawn Wine Co. 2019 'Evina Vineyard' Pinot Grigio Ramato, Contra Costa Co., CA - DECANTsf

Highlawn Wine Co. 2019 'Evina Vineyard' Pinot Grigio Ramato, Contra Costa Co., CA

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 Highlawn Wine Co. 2019 'Evina Vineyard' Pinot Grigio Ramato, Contra Costa Co., CA

Winemaker: Philip Cuadra
Farming: Sustainable with organic practices
Variety: Pinot Grigio
Terroir: Alluvial soils of Knightsen in Contra Costa County
Vinification: This is a skin contact Pinot Gris made in the Italian Ramato (Copper) style. The wine went through whole cluster fermentation, crushed, with 8 full days of skin contact to get this beautiful hue of pink/orange.
Tasting Note: Creamy. There are flavors of peaches, sugar cubes, and creme brûlée all without showing any sweetness. The finish is long with a slightly bitter kick, reminding us of an amaro.

From our July 2021 Explorer Pack Bottle Club:

Last year we introduced the club to the hyper-local micro-producer Highlawn Wine Company with his extremely gorgeous Albariño (new vintage is in stock, btw!). Philip Cuadra, a West Virginia native, has been in the Bay for a long time. An avid wine drinker and learner, Philip found himself working harvest for Abe Schoener at Scholium Project in 2012, and the following year with Roar Winery in the Bayview. In 2014, knowing he wanted to “make more wine than he could possibly drink,” Philip established Highlawn as an experimental label where he could express his creativity and love for vino. 

    So, what is a ramato?  Sometimes we’re not sure if we should place a Ramato on our Orange Wine shelf or our Rosé shelf because it’s not exactly either!  Rosé is made from red grapes, Orange wine from white grapes- and Ramato is a historic farmhouse-style of Pinot Grigio in Friuli, Italy, where the slightly pinkish grey-skinned PG juice sees some extended maceration on its skins. Ramato is the Italian term for ‘coppery’, a nod to the resulting auburn hue of these wines. This wine, coming from the sustainably farmed Evina Vineyard, went through whole cluster fermentation,  was then crushed, and left with eight full days of skin contact to get this beautiful hue of pinkish-orange.

    Ramato wines have an added textural and aromatic kick, making them excellent food-pairing wines. The wine is creamy in the mid-palate from full malolactic fermentation. There are flavors of peaches, sugar cubes, and creme brûlée all without showing any sweetness.  The finish is long with a slightly bitter kick, reminding us of an amaro.  Something like delicious smoked prosciutto, aka Speck, with sliced summer stonefruit and burrata, or a savory teriyaki salmon bowl or barbequed chicken wings could be a fantastic summertime snack with this savory wine!

—Cara Patricia


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