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Vineyards

Catherine’s Vineyard

Paso Robles AVA


Lovett Vineyard

Red Hills of Lake County AVA


Growers

Neil Roberts, Phil Lovett


Harvest Dates

9/28/10, 10/12/10


Alcohol / pH

13.9 % / 3.37


Titratable Acidity

0.59 gms / 100mL


Cases Produced

215


Suggested Retail

$18

2010

California

Vermentino


We traveled the length and breadth of California researching vineyards  and growers cultivating vermentino.  Producing a vermentino that highlights the varietal’s lovely qualities and ability to complement mediterranean inspired cuisine was our goal.  Our solution draws from two vineyards.  The Catherine’s Vineyard fruit provides a foundation of bright acidity and light floral notes of sweet pea.  The Lovett Vineyard contributes the concentrated varietal flavors of apple, pineapple, and bay leaf with a fuller more unctuous mouth feel.  The resulting blend delivers intriguing flavors and mouth watering freshness.  This wine is best served well-chilled, and when paired with simply prepared grilled fish, it will evoke fond memories of great dinners in port side restaurants in central and southern Italy.  It takes us there every time.


Winemaker Notes


Fruit was harvested in the early morning hours when the grapes were naturally chilled by fall night air, and transported in refrigerated trucks to Sonoma.  We pressed whole clusters and then chilled the must, allowing it to settle and clarify.  After 3 days, we racked each lot into separate stainless steel tanks, and inoculated with yeast selected for enhancing aromatics and fresh fruit flavors.  A lengthy cold fermentation followed, with temperatures carefully controlled to preserve freshness and flavor.  After fermentation, the separate lots were allowed to clarify naturally.  We methodically tasted many variations of a blend, before settling on 80% Paso Robles and 20% Red Hills.  The wine was cold stabilized and fined for clarity.


Reviews


  1. BRONZE MEDEAL - San Francisco International Wine Competition

  2. Wine Enthusiast - 86 pts

 

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