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The 2019 Tablas Creek Vineyard Vermentino is Tablas Creek’s eighteenth 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.
91 points; "Juicy and focused on the palate": Vinous (Dec. 2020)
91 points; "Terrific intensity ... sleek and juicy on a mouthwatering, crisp frame": Wine Spectator (Dec. 2020)
92 points; "The nose is like a racehorse at the gate - the vibrancy": Purely Domestic Wine Report (Oct. 2020)
94 points; "a fascinating palate of nectarine, honeysuckle and ripe melon, all wrapped in an immensely chalky structure": Wine Enthusiast (Aug. 2020)
92 points; "a stunning take on a variety grown around the Mediterranean, but mostly ignored here": Blue Lifestyle (Jul. 2020)
95 points; "long and lingering with notes of sea salt and citrus zest": BevX (May 2020)
A; "Wow this is good. It has an awesome, mineral driven vibe": VinePair (May 2020)
92 points; "Lithe and refreshing, yet gratifying with its richness": Washington Wine Blog (May 2020)
Extraordinary; "one of the best Vermentinos I have ever tasted": Underground WineLetter (May 2020)
"lemon blossom, grapefruit and hints of stone fruit, with an underlying briny minerality": Robb Report (Apr. 2020)
A clean, lifted Vermentino nose of grapefruit peel, citrus leaf, green herbs and sea spray. The first impression in the mouth is of crisp citrus fruit, with Vermentino's characteristic vibrant acids building on to the finish, leaving a briny mineral note lingering on the long, zippy finish. Drink now and over the next few years.
Watch Chelsea and the Shepherd discuss the wine: 2019 Vermentino Tasting with Chelsea and the Shepherd
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Vermentino
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 1650 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 2019 vintage began with ample rainfall the preceding winter. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and a cool first half of the summer delayed flowering and the ripening of our earlier varieties. Beginning the second week of July, the weather turned warm but never so warm to engage the vines' self-defense mechanism of shutting down, accelerating ripening of our later varieties and producing intense flavors. The resulting compressed harvest was completed under ideal conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample fruit.
The Vermentino grapes were whole cluster pressed, and fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel and concrete to emphasize the minerality of the grapes. The wine was bottled in January 2020.