The Wine: Nomine Amoris Skin Contact Pinot Gris 2018
J. Brix Nomine Amoris Skin Contact Pinot Gris is a skin contact natural wine made from 100% Pinot Gris grapes from Santa Maria Valley, California. The grapes are destemmed, left in contact with the skins for 14 days, and then pressed to neutral French oak barrels for five months before bottling, unfiltered. The producer defines this wine as "a fantastic bridge for those curious about the world of orange wines."
The Producer: J Brix
From the producer's website
From the site to the soil to the growing season, our wines, if we're doing our work correctly, will speak in their own voices. We adore the variety California has to offer, which means we find ourselves compelled to make tiny quantities of as many different wines as we can... and, we try to add a new grape or style each harvest. Our fruit comes from a number of vastly different, soul-stirring vineyards. We use neutral vessels, native-yeast fermentation, and absolutely nothing else, with the exception of sulfur dioxide as necessary. In keeping with this minimalist approach, we choose not to fine, filter or cold-stabilize our wines. Our motto, in winemaking and life: Only Love.
The Region: Santa Maria Valley