2020 Limited Release Vermentino
It is considered that Vermentino found its origins in Italy, confirmed recently by DNATyping. It is prevalent in the region of Liguria but has gained much prominence on the island of Sardinia and, more recently, Tuscany. Vermentino has started to emerge in new world producers from Australia and California. The variety’s ability to adapt to a range of climates has great appeal and it certainly has found a home in the Paso Robles region. Our Estate Vermentino Block 3F was planted in 2012 and the 5.02 acres has 10’ x 5’ spacings and utilizes a simple vertical shoot positioning (VSP) canopy. The variety enjoys the warmth of the region and typically ripens early, usually producing wines around 13–13.5% alcohol.The 2020 Vermentino was harvested at 24.1 Brix and underwent an extended ferment at a controlled and low temperature of 60F. The cooler ferment guarantees the retention of the more subtle aromas and flavors that are typically absent in warmer conditions in the cellar. This wine has exhibited the greatest depth and complexity so far and its amazing texture shows how versatile the variety can be. The wine is produced using reductive techniques, employing the only totally inert gas membrane press in the USA at the time.