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Birdhorse Vermentino, Dry Creek Valley, California 2022

  • $34.00
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Winemakers: Corinne Rich & Katie Rouse

Terroir: The Farfalla Vineyard is a young-vine planting in the historic Dry Creek Valley at the north end of Sonoma County. Sitting on Zamora silty clay-loam soils, the vineyard is planted to mostly Italian varieties in a nod to the rich Italian heritage of the AVA. Though no stranger to the intense heat of California summers, the Vermentino grapes have ready access to water with the proximity of Dry Creek and have been organically farmed since inception.

Vinification: The Farfalla Vineyard is still well in its infancy, but the step forward in maturity from 2021 to 2022 was distinct. Vines that were once a single, spindly, vertical fruiting cane now had a full cordon and a canopy to match. This was the first year all vines were fruiting in our Vermentino block, so instead of 5 gallon buckets and an analog press, we were delighted to head out with a real picking crew on a foggy September morning and fill a couple bins to put into the bladder press back at the winery. Grapes were pressed to stainless steel, allowed to settle overnight, and then moved to stainless steel drums. Fermentation took place at cellar temperature over approximately three weeks, and wines were sulfured to arrest malolactic fermentation. The wine was left on its lees to age for 5 months, before being racked and blended for bottling.

Tasting notes: Vermentino is a variety that needs no manipulation to be delicious. The nose is a river of bright and cooling sensations: lime pith, pomelo, lemon verbena and honeydew. This all comes through on the palate, along with a broad and mouthwatering acidity and a saline finish. It's really closer to a margarita than we'd care to admit.