I just read the article by Alison Napjus regarding skin-contact white wines from Italy and Slovenia, and I am rather intrigued to try a few.

Please share your thoughts regarding any experience you have tasting these types of wines, from these and other regions, and offer recommendations on producers/bottles that might be available in the U.S. market.


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There are plenty of examples out there but as discussed in another thread sometime it can be tough finding good examples.  Some skin cotnact can be good, too much overwhelms the wine.   I've also found enjoying them to be a pretty binary thing - people either like them or they don't and there's not much in between.  See if you can find some Occhipinti SP68 bianco, La Stoppa Agneo or Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Amber as a sample of some reasonably priced examples to see if you like them.  Think of them more like light reds for pairings and don't drink them too cold.  

Love some of these. 

The amphora wines of Italy generally spend longer-than-normal skin contact, though I don’t know all the individual details of each wine. In Friuli, right up next to Slovenia, Damijan Kaplja has always been a favorite in this style, taking price into account. But Radikon and, of course, Gravner, make great ones as well.  The Gravner Breg Anfora is my favorite “orange” wine, overall.

Down in Umbria, and made in a similar style, though aged (I believe) in stainless steel, Paolo Bean Arboreus is awesome.  And the Coenobiums, especially the Ruscum are great. The Coenobiums are also great qprs. Bea also makes a wine called “Lapidius” I haven’t tried that, like its brother “Arboreus”, sees lots of skin contact. (But, despite that and the Arboreus, I don’t think his basic white sees much skin contact at all.)

In at least some vintages, the Dettori Bianco (Sardinia) also sees longer-than-normal skin contact, though it is made in a very different style. Also orange in color.

Slovenia; I like Simcic Sauvignon Reserve. Not made in amphorae or other orange style, but nevertheless, notable skin contact. Looks more like a typical white wine until you put it in your mouth and get the tannin and complexity.

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