Saddleback Los Carneros Vermentino 2020
Saddleback's lightest white wine shows barely a hint of color in the glass. Lightly touched with 100% neutral French oak barrels for aging (6 months), Lars and Nils have produced a spectacular white wine finding a cult following at wine bars and restaurants around California and beyond. Its aromas are a complex mashup of flowers, fruits, summer winds, but on the palate its straightforward dry style and smooth finish make it a perfect anytime sipper.
Pair with crudité and light bites, picnics, brunches and have plenty on supply for cocktail time. Pair with blonde pizza, sushi, Indian tikka masalas, roast, crispy skin chicken breasts.
Blend: 100% Vermentino
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Born to Danish immigrants, Venge's exposure to wine came at an early age: his parents operated a wine and liquor import and distribution company in Southern California. Venge continued his pursuit of wine at the University of California in Davis where he earned a BS in Viticulture in 1967.
Following a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Reservist, Venge moved to the Napa Valley to pursue his interest in winemaking. In the subsequent years, Venge worked for notable wineries, such as Charles Krug, Sterling, Villa Mount Eden and Groth. During his tenure at Groth, Venge became the first American winemaker to receive a perfect 100 point rating from wine critic Robert Parker Jr. The 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon catapulted Venge to a venerated position in the California wine industry.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.
This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.
A fantastic, aromatic white grape that grows with great success in Sardinia, Tuscany and in lesser proportions on the island of Corsica. Somm Secret—Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Liguria’s Pigato grape and Peidmont’s Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France where it is called Rolle.