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Sunnybrook Vineyard

Coyote Moon

Paso Robles AVA


Lovett Vineyard

Red Hills of Lake County AVA


Growers

Neil Roberts, Thompson Family

Phil Lovett


Harvest Dates

9/23/11 9/27/11


Alcohol / pH

14.1 % / 3.43


Titratable Acidity

0.63 gms / 100mL


Cases Produced

250


Suggested Retail

$18

2011

California

Vermentino


We traveled the length and breadth of California researching vineyards and growers cultivating vermentino.  To the north, the Lovett Vineyard perches on a steep hillside overlooking Clear Lake, in the Red Hills of Lake County AVA.  Loose volcanic soil insures fast drainage and limits the naturally high vigor of the vermentino vines.  Reflected afternoon light off the lake helps the normally slow-ripening varietal to reach perfection.  With ample sunshine and proximity to water, the site resembles the hillsides above the Mediterranean Sea where vermentino has been cultivated for centuries.

In the central coast, Catherine’s and Coyote Moon vineyards lie on the east side of Paso Robles AVA.  Flowing across gently undulating hills, these vineyards sit on sandy clay loam soil that drains well.  Both growers are dedicated to producing premium, low-yield vermentino.


Winemaker Notes


Our 2011 Vermentino highlights the unique qualities which makes this varietal a perfect complement to seafood and lighter Mediterranean-type meals.  61% of the blend originates from the two Paso Robles vineyards in San Luis Obispo county, providing a foundation of bright acidity and light citrus notes.  Lovett Vineyard, in the Red Hills of Lake County AVA, contributes the balance, contributing the signature varietal flavors of apple, pineapple, and bay leaf. 

The resulting wine is lively and appetizing.   A crisp bouquet of citrus and herbs is complemented by a lush mouthfeel of ideally ripe fruit, followed by brisk acidity at the finish.  This wine is best served well-chilled, and when paired with simply prepared grilled fish garnished with EVOO, it evokes memories of warm evenings and great meals in family run port-side restaurants on the mediterranean coast of Italy.  It takes us there every time.


Reviews


  1. SILVER MEDAL - SF Chronicle 2013 Wine Competition

  2. SILVER MEDAL - Grand Harvest Awards

  3. Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts, “Editor’s Choice” status
    This wine is so good, it could make Vermentino the next big thing—except there’s so little of the variety planted in California. Bright and juicy in acidity, it has flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, apricot, peach and honeysuckle. It finishes dry and spicy; pair it with pasta in pesto sauce.”
    - Steve Heimoff 2/1/13

 

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