Pheasant's Tears Mtsvane "Touch of Skin" 2019 $20 100% Mtsvane, an ancient native grape to this region of Kakheti, specifically in the appellation of Tibaani. Touch of Skin in this case is 2 weeks, then wine ages on the lees in Qvevri for another 9 months before getting bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur added. This is an aromatic orange wine with ripe orchard fruit, smokey tea leaves and spice with gentle grip and a mouthwatering minerality that balances everything out.
Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Rose 2019 $20 Rkatsiteli is another ancient native grape white grape with slightly pink skins when ripe (a la Pinot Grigio). This spends a full month on the skins, then also ages in Qvevri for about 9 months before getting bottled unfiltered with just a touch of sulfur. Dusty raspberry lemonade in color, with bright floral aromatics, crunchy red berry fruit and crushed walnuts on the medium bodied frame.
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