Basic info: Gros Venrtre Vermentino, El Dorado, CA, 2016.
Price estimate: $23 (from online wine store (Chamber Street Wines – NYC wine store that also sells online)
Look: Pale yellow, translucent. Medium legs.
Smell: peach, fresh apricot and a vague honey smell.
Taste: Clean. Apple, mineral. Soft wine but has a nice tang.
Conclusions: Bob called this one of the best white wines he has ever had and I have to agree. It it stunning and really drinkable. It tastes incredibly smooth and light and while very different than the last two whites that we liked, it is one that I will look for again.
Other notes: I hate to admit it, but I think I am really getting back into white wines. The last three that we had I loved, and I can’t say the same for the reds. I love red wine, but now that I’m finding whites that are not as grapefruit-y, I am really enjoying them. I also loved the winery information on this one. They use sustainable farming practices and lean organic and bio-dynamic which you can taste the care in the wine. Once we drink down our current stock, I am probably going to try a few more from them.
From the bottle: No tasting notes on the bottle, but from the winery, “This Vermentino has been co-fermented with a touch of Picpoul Blanc, which brings bright, refreshing acidity to complement the minerality found on the palate. It offers notes of citrus leaf, lemon zest, white flowers, and a hint of Nashi pear.” 12.6% alcohol by volume.