The Secret Sip: Unveiling the World of Red Wine Made as White Wine
There's a secret lurking in the world of wine, a hidden gem that challenges everything we thought we knew about reds and whites. We are talking about the audacious world of red grapes vinified as white wines, a process that unlocks vibrant new flavor profiles and challenges traditional expectations.
This is a realm of Syrah that has way less tannins, has a pomelo sniffer, and a texture that's so fancy, it's practically opulent. It's got some zesty, almost grassy smells, and a hint of fresh, spicy hazelnuts in the beginning that turn into citrusy notes as the wine opens up. It is a realm of robust Gamays dancing with citrusy zest. It's where Grenache sheds its tannic cloak and emerges as a white with whispers of strawberry.
So, how is this magic achieved? Unlike the usual red wine tango where skins and seeds infuse the juice with color and tannins, these red grapes are treated like their pale counterparts. Their skins are gently separated and directly pressed without any skin contact, leaving the clear juice to ferment on its own. This "blanc de noirs" technique, meaning "white from black," unveils the true essence of the grape, unmasked by the pigments and tannins of its skin.
But the journey doesn't end there. Each grape variety brings its own unique story to this unconventional process. Pinot Noir, for example, sheds its dark brooding persona and blossoms into a light-bodied wine with aromas of rose petals and raspberries. Gamay, the playful soul of Beaujolais, unleashes a vibrant tapestry of red fruits and earthy minerality. Grenache, known for its warmth and spice, dances on the palate with citrusy notes and a delicate pink hue.
The result? Wines that are both familiar and strange, offering a new perspective on beloved grapes. They're lighter in body, lower in tannins, and bursting with unexpected flavors. It's a chance to rediscover your favorite varietals through a completely different lens, to experience their delicate personalities without the mask of red wine tradition.
But why delve into this world of red-turned-white? Well, it's a journey of discovery, a chance to broaden your palate and push the boundaries of your wine expectations. It's a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of winemakers who dare to challenge conventions and unlock the hidden potential of each grape.
Interested in trying some? We've got links to three red wines made as white wines below - order now and we can deliver them same-day in greater Los Angeles area or if you're outside of LA, we can ship it to you within California!