Vermentino is a grape variety lovers of crisp, white wines should get to know well. Especially this time of year. William Allen makes a delightful version at his Two Shepherds winery that in addition to having plenty of refreshing acidity has loads of flavor.
2019 Two Shepherds Vermentino Windmill Vineyards, Yolo County — pale yellow in the glass with generous aromas of melon, wet stone and hints of honeysuckle. Citrusy flavors lead along with melon, stone fruit and gravelly minerality and are supported by bright acidity. This lively Vermentino is light on the palate and long on flavor. 11.1% abv. SRP $25. Only 275 cases made.
This wine is brimming with clean, fresh flavors, is very low in alcohol and is priced just right. What’s not to love here?
Vermentino was fermented with native yeast and aged in 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral barrel for six months. There are no additions to this wine except for a small amount of sulfur and it was bottled without fining or filtration. It’s just wine, which is how wine should be made.
William purchases the Vermentino grapes from Windmill Vineyards, which are farmed organically and planted to Bordeaux and Rhône varieties. The gravelly, alluvial soil is perfect for the combination of grapes and fruit trees farmed on the rolling hills of this property located in California’s Dunnigan Hills AVA.
We paired this lovely Vermentino with pasta carbonara last night and it was a dynamite pairing. This wine will pair with about anything you could think of eating with it, or just sip it on its own. Your choice.