The color, the aromas, the flavors, the textures all pulse with vitality. The 2014 Envelope is exotic, enticing, exciting and is all about paradox. A white wine with color... made like a red...a white with tannin and structure...a full-bodied, broad wine with moderate alcohol and a cleansing, juicy quality with full malo-lactic fermentation! It is an intriguingly aromatic and an intoxicatingly delicious skin-fermented "orange" wine. The flavors and aromas are reflective of apricots, peaches, honey, roses, lychees, brown spice, brown sugar, apple compote, minerals, butterscotch and dried papaya.
This is a balanced, long wine that would be delicious with corn, squash, smoked ham, duck and figs, quince paste and cheese, seeds, root vegetables, caramelized flavors and most things porcine.
Blend: 54% Chardonnay, 38% Gewurztraminer, 8% Malvasia Bianca
The foremost commitment at Channing Daughters Winery is the care of the grapevines and the quality of wine in the bottle. Their priorities are deliciousness and reflection of their place! Starting with intense and careful culture of their vines to the hand-picking of ALL grapes, gentle whole cluster-pressing of white fruit, stomping by foot with punch-down by hand of red grapes, and gravity bottling, their methods remain traditional and artisanal. Wine is grown by hand at Channing Daughters. They are proud of every single bottle and are excited about your interest in our wines.
Channing Daughters allows their wines to naturally express the earth that grows them. Small and unique vineyard lots of grapes are fermented and bottled separately, bearing a Vineyard Designation and Appellation of Origin. Channing Daughters is proud to produce wines bearing all three Long Island AVA’s. The North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons, and Long Island are all utilized. Whether it is a varietal Sauvignon Blanc from the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork, Blaufrankisch from their Sylvanus Vineyard on their Estate in Bridgehampton or a blend of varieties and vineyards like their Vino Bianco, which bears a Long Island AVA, they believe in celebrating the place, vineyards and region from which they are lucky enough to produce wine. They are also grateful to be working with mature vineyards. Their own Sculpture Garden Vineyard was planted in 1982 and the Mudd Vineyard on the North Fork (one of our most prized sources) was planted between 1975 and 1983.
They are interested in continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in their vineyards, their cellar and their region. Currently they are producing about fourteen thousand cases of wine a year spread across nearly three dozen different bottling’s. They strongly believe there are different foods, occasions, people, seasons and moods that demand different flavors, smells, textures and styles of wine. To this end they create single vineyard varietal wines and blended wines, wines made with indigenous, wild yeast as well as selected yeast, and occasionally a blend of both. Some wines are filtered and fined, some are not. Stainless steel tanks and barrels as well as French, Slovenian, American and Hungarian oak barrels are used in various sizes, formats, percentages and ages. They will co-ferment white and red fruit. They enjoy fermenting some white wines on their skins. They seek deliciousness. They do everything by hand in small batches with lots of love and attention in order to fulfill their commitment to quality wine in the bottle.
A far-reaching peninsula extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the city of New York, the Long Island appellation includes The Hamptons and North Fork AVAs. With a maritime climate and conditions not unlike that in Bordeaux, the region excels in the production of Bordeaux varieties, namely Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.