Vermentino claims its native terroir in the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It is most widely known from the Island of Sardegna but thrives along the coast of Italy, in Liguria and Tuscany, and in pockets along the south of France as well. It is a prolific grape variety that has proven to feel right at home here in the California sun and demand for more vines is on the rise! Vermentino can make a versatile range of wines with beautiful aromatics and, most importantly, ample natural acidity. These are four of our favorite examples in 2018, each one for different reasons as they are expressive of both where they were grown and the individual winemakers interpretation of the grape. Vermentino is certainly grape to be on the lookout for more of here in the states and could even be the first Italian native white variety to truly take off in California (Pinot Grigio doesn’t count.) It’s also likely your new favorite thing, that is, if you’ve not fallen in love with it already.
Unti Vineyards Vermentino / Dry Creek Valley, California 2018
Lean and mineral driven with white grapefruit, sweet basil and mint. Reminiscent of Sancerre, ripping acidity balanced with impressive layered complexity. Visit the winery page HERE.
Two Shepherds Vermentino / Windmill Vineyards / Yolo County, California 2018
Lime leaf and saline make for a mouthwatering experience. Ripe green melons round off with garrigue herbs and a lingering white floral richness. Visit the winery page HERE.
Ryme ‘Hers’ Vermentino / Las Brisas Vineyard / Carneros, California 2018
Fragrant orange blossoms, sliced Mandarins and Starfruit. Layer upon layer of bright citrus. Alluring and memorable as it is oh, so crushable. Visit the winery page HERE.
Gros Ventre Vermentino / El Dorado, California 2018
Rich tropical ripeness with round voluptuous curves. Fresh cut pineapple and mango lassi with a lingering dash of white pepper spice to close the deal. Visit the winery page HERE.