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The 2018 Tablas Creek Vineyard Vermentino is Tablas Creek’s sixteenth bottling of this traditional Mediterranean varietal, known principally in Sardinia, Corsica, and Northern Italy. It is also grown in the Rhone Valley (particularly Côtes de Provence) where it is known as Rolle. The Vermentino grape produces wines that are bright, clean, and crisp, with distinctive citrus character, refreshing acidity and surprising richness.
90 Points; "a lovely thread of minerality and crisp acidity.": Wine Spectator (2019)
95 Points; "Mediumbodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant yet generous texture.": BevX (June 2019)
92 Points; "the palate grips with a flashy tautness, carrying flavors of chalk and Key lime pith. It's as refreshing as wine gets.": Wine Enthusiast (August 2019)
Outstanding Plus; "Bright and crisp on the finish this is a uniquely delicious white wine that is a joy to drink": The Underground Wine Letter (April 2019)
A clean, spicy Vermentino nose of grapefruit peel, citrus leaf, green herbs and sea spray. Briny. The palate starts notably creamy, then Vermentino's characteristic vibrant acids come out, highlighting flavors of white grapefruit, and lemongrass, with an ocean spray note that lingers on the long, zippy finish. Drink now and over the next few years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Vermentino
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 1140 Cases Produced
When we imported our Châteauneuf du Pape clones, our contact in the French nursery service included Vermentino because he believed it would thrive in the rocky limestone soils of Paso Robles. We have planted two small blocks of Vermentino, and it has indeed thrived here.
Our Vermentino grapes were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
The 2018 vintage saw an almost ideal balance of vine health and stress, as is often the case with the first dry year after a very wet one. Although rainfall was just 70% of normal, the rains came late, delaying the onset of bud-break and the beginning of the growing season. The cool weather continued most of the year, punctuated by a six-week heat wave in July and early August. But temperatures moderated before picking began, and harvest proceeded under slightly cooler than normal conditions, allowing us to pick without stress and producing fruit (and wines) with intense flavors and good balancing acidity.
The Vermentino grapes were whole cluster pressed, and fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel to emphasize the minerality of the grapes. The wine was bottled in February 2019.