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2019 Baia's Wine Tsolikouri Imereti Republic of Georgia (Orange Wine)

SKU #1492917 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Baia Abuladze started her winery in 2015, when she was just 22, working with the help of her mother, Tamriko Ghaladze, and her siblings Gvantsa and Giorgi. Today, they farm nearly four acres, the majority of it planted to tsolikouri, considered Imereti’s top variety. Baia vinified this wine in three 1,500-liter qvevris, including only 30 percent of the skins, and racking it into stainless-steel tanks after a month. The result combines the firm structure of qvevri wines with the clarity and delicacy of a white aged in stainless steel. It’s clean and bright, with the savor and crunch of a russet apple fresh off the tree. You might also find hints of dried apricot and herbs around the edges. The flavors retain their freshness for days after the bottle is opened, seemingly impervious to oxygen; they also stand up well to rich dishes such as tartiflette, a potato dish larded with bacon and cheese. (TQ) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

Baia Abuladze is the young, female winemaker and winery owner at the forefront of the a new wave of interest and popularity in the ancient, traditional wines of Georgia. Abuladze's wines are from an organic and biodynamic vineyard that has been farmed by her family for generations. Aged for one month in qvevri with about 30% of the wine seeing skin contact. *Orange Wine* *Natural Wine*

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