I met Ethan Joseph of Iapetus Wine in Nova Scotia last year, and recently again with Nathan Kendall in the Finger Lakes. He gave me a bottle of his orange wine, made with hybrid grape La Crescent, fermented on skins. This shows lovely character and personality. Ethan is winemaker at Shelburne Vineyard in Vermont, which is where these grapes come from, but this is his personal project. He also makes a Pet Nat under this label.
Iapetus Wine Tectonic 2016 Vermont, USA
This is La Crescent on skins, 14% alcohol. It’s complex, dry and tangy with notes of citrus, spice, apricots and pear. This has a lively bite but it’s also quite structured and fresh, showing real detail and a nice acid bite. Bright and linear with purity and focus. A really lovely wine, beautifully packaged and a great bargain at $24. 93/100