2012 "Hers" Vermentino
Megan and I make a great pair. Our tastes in wine rarely diverge. We agree 99% of the time. This Vermentino represents a fundamental disagreement of the most endearing qualities this grape has to offer.
Inspired by some of my favorite producers in Italy like Dettori and Massa Vecchia, and being an orange wine fanatic in general, I knew we had to make Vermentino as a compliment to the Ribolla Gialla when I came across the Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. Megan thought it was a superb idea, but had her sights fixed on the bright, clean, aromatic examples from places like the Ligurian coast or Gallura in Sardegna. The only compromise was to have separate projects, “His” and “Hers”.
“Hers” with a green label harvested for freshness and energy. It is whole cluster pressed and bottled early. “His”, orange label, is fermented on the skins, and requires more time in barrel. This aromatic late-ripening variety comes from the cool foggy Las Brisas Vineyard on the Sonoma side of Carneros AVA. Situated on sandy silt and gravel at the end of the Petaluma Wind Gap and just off San Pablo Bay, it is a beautiful site for white wines.
VinificationThe wine was whole cluster pressed, settled clean, and fermented without inoculation in a combination of old neutral barrels and stainless steel. It was allowed to stabilize itself by completing secondary fermentation and sulfured at bottling for the first time. It was bottled in March without fining or filtration.
Tasting NotesThis 2012 ‘Hers’ Vermentino is greenish gold and lithe at 11.2% Alc but powerfully aromatic. The nose of the wine is energized by tight electric aromas of crunchy starfruit and yellow pear. A fairly lean white with a crispy snap of acidity at its core, it is given dimension and more rounded edges by malolactic fermentation and the brief elevage in neutral barrel.