WINE LABEL: Vermentino is traditional arond the Mediterranean; in the Rhone Valley, it is typically known as Rolle. The 2007 Vermentino has a clean mineral nose of lime and pear, with no influence of oak. It shows flavors of green apple and ime, with refreshing acidity and a lingering finish.
WINEMAKER PRODUCTION NOTES: Vermentino is best known in Corsica, Sardinia, and northern Italy, but also found in the Rhone Valley. cotes de Provence and Languedoc under the name "Rolle." Our 2007 edition shows the noteworthy intensity of this low-yield vintage. The grapes were picked in one day September 12th at 22.4deg Brix and a 3.29 pH. The wine was vinified in stainless steel, and we stopped malolactic fermentation to emphasize the varietal's brightness and freshness. It was bottled in screwcap in April 2008.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: An explosive nose of citrus leaf, cantaloupe, crushed rocks and lilies is followed by flavors of underripe pear, lime and mint, refreshing acidity and a classic Vermentino freshness on the finish. It maks a delightful summer wine and is excellent with grilled vegetables, fresh seafood and dishes of fresh basil and tomato. Drink it in the next year or so. Pre-relese press: Robert Parker 90 points (6/08)