Orsianna Wines seeks to produce wines whose quality level exceeds its humble price point. For years they have grown fine wine grapes and have sold them to some of California’s most prestigious wineries. After witnessing firsthand the great potential of their vineyard holdings, they decided to reserve some of their finest grapes for their own Orsianna Wines. The owners say “our greatest joys and fondest memories seem to have taken place over a beautiful meal with family and friends. There has always been wine on our collective tables and we decided to take the opportunity to express wheat we look for in a wine – a wine that is at once affordable, versatile and approachable, yet hearty enough for aging.” Bob Swain is Orsianna Winemaker, and makes these wines in Ukiah at the Mendocino Wine Company.
Located near Hopland in the eastern part of Mendocino County [formerly owned and organically farmed by Fetzer for many years], the vineyards are on an alluvial fan along the northern Russian River, enjoy cool nights and warm days and are owned by Bernie Orsi, one of the three partners in Orsianna. Orsi owns several vineyards from which he sells fruit to high profile Napa wineries and Russian River Pinot Noir producers as well. The vineyards are all managed according to biodynamic and organic practices (although not certified) and are dry-farmed.
A remarkable value! Fresh and clean on the palate, this 100%stainless (oak-free) fermentation gives refreshing flavors of bosc pear and green apple. It is more delicate and Loire-like than the previous vintages and similar to Sancerre without the flintiness. 400 cases made.
A bouquet of floral aromas unfolds nicely with delicate touches of green apples, melon and light minerality. The palate is well-balanced with fine acidity and harmonious flavors of honeydew melon and stone fruits. Unadorned by winemaking flourishes like flashy new oak, it offers pure and abundant naturally fresh fruit flavors of Bosc pear inspired by the white wines of northern Italy. Farmed according to organic principles, and made with neutral oak and no Malolactic conversion. 900 cases.
Merlot 2013, Dry Creek, Sonoma
Aromas and flavors of plummy chocolate, cedar and resinous cherry are wrapped in a creamy and silky textured, bright and zesty wine of refreshing acidity. The surprisingly long finish pulses with notes of creamy chocolate milk and loads of red fruits, including red cherry, red plum and raspberries.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Mendocino Just Released organically farmed
A juicy and easily quaffed style of Cabernet, with lush, dark berry flavors on and elegant texture and a long finish. Made with extended maceration and the addition of 5% Petite Verdot, creating an easy, juicy, medium-bodied Cabernet with and long fruit finish. Grown on well-drained rocky river-bed soil in one of the original organically farmed Fetzer Family vineyards in the moderate microclimate near the town of Hopland, an ideal environment to grow elegant and understated Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 2 and 3 year old barrels, but no new oak.
Syrah 2014, Dry Creek, Sonoma New Pricing organically farmed
Orsianna’s highest quality wine to date. The fruit is grown with very low yields on a sloping hillside vineyard in Healdsburg.
Winery Notes:“It has beautiful blueberry and blackberry on the nose, a fruity but not sweet palate, medium to rich body, soft tannins, and a long, delightful and elegant finish.” Aged 8 in 1 and 2 year old barrels, but no new oak. 400 cases.
Sagrantino 2015, Dry Creek, Sonoma County Just Released NEWEST WINE
Orsianna believes this newest wine is now the best they’ve ever made. A delicious version of the rare Italian varietal Sagrantino, if offers bright fruit, typical depth of color and flavor intensity, forward dark fruits, medium-heavy weight, and none of the Italian dustiness to the tight-knit structure. Made with older oak barrels, but no new oak. 200 cases.
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