Railsback Frères 2019 Vermentinu, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, USA

Railsback Frères 2019 Vermentinu, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, USA

Railsback Frères

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Railsback Frères 2019 Vermentinu, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, USA

  • Winemaker: Lyle and Eric Railsback
  • Farming: Sustainable
  • Variety: Vermentino
  • Terroir: Sourced from two sites in Santa Ynez, half from the marine sedimentary loam of Camp Four, and half from the pure sand of Brick Barn
  • Vinification: Fermentation and aging was in neutral French oak for six months with or, with only a filtration before bottling.\
  • Tasting Note:With aromas of white flowers, pink grapefruit, and a distinctive bitter almond finish, this dry white is as versatile at the table as our favorite Vermentinu from Corsica.
  • Pairing: Perfect for seafood and white fish dishes, it also goes down easily on its own. Bottles empty themselves quicker than one could imagine.

From our January 2021 Bottle Club Notes:

This is a fun one. We’re not going to wax too poetic about this bottling, other than to say it's really dope and you’ll like it. Inspired by the island wines of Corsica and Sardinia, the Railsback brothers created a deliciously gulp-able Vermentino (and used the Corsican spelling Vermentinu). From two small handpicked sites Santa Ynez Valley, this vermentino saw native fermentation and aging in neutral French oak for six months, and bottled unfined but lightly filtered. We have to admit, this Corsican grape grown in Santa Barbara delivers in all the right places: Rich, creamy texture? Check. High-toned Citrus notes, like pomelo rind, lime pith, and grapefruit zest? Check. Salty core and slightly almond-bitter like finish? Check and Check.  Well boys, you did it.

The Railsback brothers, Eric and Lyle, and well known in the sommelier world. Eric was a sommelier under Rajat Parr at RN74, before starting the Lieu-Dit wine label and is a part-owner of Verve Wine shop. Lyle for years was a major player at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, who was able to travel France, Italy, and, you guessed it, Corsica and Sardinia and sell wines from some of the best winemakers in those regions. In fact, this entire project started by making a rosé in honor of an estate that Kermit Lynch introduced to America- Domaine Tempier and Lulu Peyraud, the proprietor of perhaps the best Provence estate making perhaps the best rosé wine in the world. 

One final note on the Railsback labels- this project is called Railsback Frères, meaning the Railsback Brothers, but this bottling has the newer labeling ‘Railsback Sœur’, a nod to their third sibling and very best friend, their sister.

Pair this with fish tacos and some sunshine.



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