Though not the first to plant Vermentino in California, arguably we have been its staunchest proponent and its largest producer this century. Only somewhat recently introduced into our state, it arrived with a wave of ‘alternate white’ cultivars and has sought recognition amongst diverse offerings such as Albariño, Grenache blanc and Verdelho.
A key attribute of Vermentino, as opposed to the ubiquitous Chardonnay, is food affinity. And unlike the often highly stylized (ritualized? fetishized?) Chardonnay, it eschews new oak which would dominate (and we think ruin) the expression. The goal is keeping it clean and fresh, not making it dense and woody.
Our 2019 botting provided an opportunity to translocate decades of experience growing this variety in Lodi, to our home in Napa - specifically the Carneros AVA. Whether you are enjoying Mediterranean, vegetarian, seafood or American farm-to-table - Vermentino is a great choice!