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2018 Vermentino

2018 Vermentino
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VINEYARD: In 2004 we planted Vermentino as part of a small
experimental block of white grapes. Vermentino is native to
Mediterranean areas of Europe, where it is the main white grape of
Italy’s Liguria and Sardinia. We now have 1.66 acres of Vermentino
with plans to plant two more acres in the next two years. I think our
climate in Northern California might be better for Vermentino than
the Mediterranean because our cool evenings help preserve acidity
and freshness.


HARVEST & VINIFICATION: 2018 was a fairly normal growing season
with some heat waves. Cool August temperatures slowed the
ripening of our grapes and contributed to solid acidity in the wines.
We harvested Vermentino September 14th-18th between 21.5 and 22
brix sugar level. The grapes are de-stemmed, pressed, and sent to
tank where the juice is allowed to settle for 24 hours prior to
fermentation. Our Vermentino was fermented in stainless steel tanks
at temperatures below 70 degrees to retain bright aromas. We then
age the wine in concrete tanks to offer some of the oxidative
benefits of oak, without imparting wood flavor. We prevented this
wine from going through malo-lactic fermentation thereby preserving
the bright natural acidity in this steely white.


STYLE & DESCRIPTION: 2018 was another excellent vintage for all of
our white grapes, and it really shows in this Vermentino. It is very floral
and fruity, yet has a mineral character of a high-acid wine. The
notion of a Dry Creek Valley white wine that is suitable with raw
oysters still blows my mind. It signals a new style of California white
wine, rendering sweet, barrel-fermented Chardonnays passé.
Vermentino should take over this state. - MJU

HARVESTED:
September 14th-18th


BRIX AVG:
21.5-22


BLEND: 100% VERMENTINO


AGING:
STAINLESS STEEL AND CONCRETE TANKS


BOTTLED:
4/5/19


CASES PRODUCED:
598


ACIDITY: 6.5 g/L


pH: 3.28


ALCOHOL: 13.7 %

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol %
13.4