Franchere "for heaven's sake...", 2021
I am proud to say my first winemaking internship was with Franchere Wine Company, in the Fall of 2020 and again in 2021.
The "for heaven's sake don't move here" has been one of my favorite Oregon wines every year since I first tried it. It is one of the excellent examples of orange wine aka skin-contact white wine, and it sells out fast in the Portland-metro area.
Luckily now, I get to have my fill instead of running all over town looking for it before it runs out- which it will. Lucky you- you now have a 2nd option where you are more likely to find it on demand- thru Bottle Trip Wines.
I'll let the boss explain this one.
"This is my orange wine, and it’s an ironically-named tribute to explorers and immigrants. Vitis vinifera is, of course, not native to this hemisphere, and in the long view of things, so few of us are. But as we put down roots we adapt to our new home, and ideally harmonize with it, rather than bend it to our will.
I cofermented 85% Pinot gris and 15% Grüner veltliner with 10 days of skin contact in an open-topped fermentor. Following a gentle press in a basket press, the wine aged for 7 months in older, used French oak. The wine is totally dry and it completed malolactic conversion.
“For Heaven’s Sake” is a juicy and mineral orange wine. It’s unfined, unfiltered, and the color of a tequila sunrise! Even as it’s plenty juicy on the palate – think nectarine, orange zest, and tart cherries – it’s also strongly suggestive of stones and petrichor, while the fine and persistent tannins provide structure. The minerality on the finish evokes alpine creek water dosed with quinine; it’s very refreshing.
As with most orange wines, drink cool, but not cold. Pop it in the fridge maybe 30 minutes before pouring, and enjoy.
12.1% alc • 5.9 g/L TA • 3.59 pH • 0 RS (totally dry)"
Here at BTW- we celebrate it's arrival with late-summer veggies like grilled squash, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and butternut squash bisque!