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2013 Vin Gris Tuilé Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
55% grenache, 23% mourvèdre, 10% roussanne, 7% cinsaut, 3% carginane, 2% grenache blanc
Appellation
Central Coast
TA
5.6 g/L
pH
3.32
Aging
Drinkable upon release (Feb. 2016) through 2023
Serving Temperature
50° F
Alcohol %
13
Wine Enthusiast
88
Vinous
92

2013 Vin Gris Tuilé

Brick Pink Wine of the Sun & Earth

What is really distinctive about the wine was its treatment - 9 months al fresco in glass demijohn - that has imparted a distinctive nuttiness, almost a slight sherry-like character. Should be quite interesting to the more adventurous tasters. If you enjoy sherry, you'll love this.

92 Points Vinous

Limited production wine
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SKU: VGT13C

You may not believe this but in fact I am pretty much of a Tory/traditionalist in my taste for wine, though occasionally I am inspired by the oddball, outré style.  I was fortunate enough to taste a solarized vin tuilé (brick wine, so called because of its color) in a visit to Côte de Provence. The wine (typically pink or red) is set out on the roof or wall where it sits, out in the elements for nine months.  The exposure to ultraviolet radiation, I’m told, effectively kills all of the microorganisms in the wine, as well as degrades the SO2, so one ends up with a stable wine with but a mere trace of sulfite.

In this style, we filled a number of glass carboys and set this wine out al fresco for the requisite gestation period.  It’s a funny wine – slightly nutty with the definite flavor of curry (found that flavor as well in the vins tuilés from Provence). This blend features a good portion of Mourvèdre; that variety seems to work best for this style, I can sonorously pronounce in faux-mavenhood.  It’s not for everyone, mais c’ést très cool, quand même.


Try this fun cocktail by DEWN Member Tyler Stone, dubbed the "Cruzoni":

1 part Venus Spirits №1 Gin
1 part Vin Gris Tuilé
1 part Campari or St. George Spirits Bruto Americano

Build in glass with ice; stir.

 
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Strange but wonderful; the relevant pungent molecule, sotolon, is also found in vin jaune, fenugreek and other Indian spices.
Ratings
92 points, VINOUS: "Bright salmon skin. Red currant, strawberry, orange marmalade and musky herbs on the deeply perfumed, vaguely earthy nose. Smooth, round and fleshy in the mouth, offering spice- and smoke-tinged red fruit and citrus pith flavors that firm up steadily on the back half. Weighty and dry, showing solid closing thrust, repeating herbacity and lingering bitter cherry and turmeric notes on a long, chewy finish. This intriguing and singular wine spent nine months resting, outdoors, in full sunshine, in glass demijohns. It's a one-off, to be sure, but it's also a hell of a lot of fun to ponder over. Drinking Window: 2018-2021" — J.R. (Oct. 2018) | WINE ENTHUSIAST: "This is a very cerebral wine that will be too bizarre for many. The blend of 55% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre, 10% Roussanne, 7% Cinsaut, 3% Carignane and 2% Grenache Blanc was allowed to sit in glass tanks in front of the sun for nine months, which gives the resulting wine a Sherry-like qualities: yellow-orange in color, with aromas and flavors of smoked walnuts, sour oranges, beeswax, honey and wood oil." - Matt Kettmann, Feb. 2018 | PLANET GRAPE: “This orange wine (intentionally oxidized) is light, tangy and dry with notes of lemon, tangerine, butterscotch, caramel, and candied pecan."
Food Pairing Notes
This is the perfect aperitif wine, but also brilliant with a broad range of Mediterranean cuisine. Other ideas include French onion soup, or for something lighter, oysters on the half shell. When it comes to cheese, try Comté, aged goat or sheep's milk cheeses, or a mild, sweet blue cheese. Delicious with coppa and prosciutto de Parma.
Production
192 cases
Other Notes
Note well that this wine is unfiltered, so there is a chance of cloudiness (but no chance of precipitation).
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