Rogue Vine Blanco 'Grand Itata' Itata Valley 2018

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Led by Leo Erazo (Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza) and his partner Justin Decker, Rogue Vine produces terroir-reflective wines from two subregions of Chile’s Itata Valley. Here, vineyards are mostly dry-farmed and bush-trained, with some plants even boasting an age of 100+ years. The duo implements simple and honest winemaking practices, including the use of native yeasts, old barrels, and minimal sulfur upon bottling. This 45/30/25 blend of Moscatel, Riesling, and Sémillon is produced from organic fruit grown in Paleozoic granite soils. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed, and aged in neutral oak. The wine shows pronounced aromatics of stone fruit, blossoms, and lychee, followed by a concentrated palate oozing with notes of star fruit, citrus, and wet stones. This unique and food-friendly blend is the perfect match for pad thai, ramen, and other takeout favorites.