The 2019 Vermentino offers bright, floral aromas of peach and passion fruit with the appealing herbaceous notes of classic Vermentino. A full, silky palate bursts with mouth filling flavors of pear, golden fruits, apricot and citrus. Bright acidity adds lift to a long, resonant finish.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Vermentino is planted to a small two-acre parcel situated behind our winery. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster vivid aromatics in our Vermentino fruit, while the persistent marine breezes help maintain fresh acidity right through full maturity.
The vision behind our Vermentino is to produce a varietally true wine that exhibits a vibrant yet complex fruit character. The fruit was harvested at night to ensure full retention of aromas and flavors. After gentle pressing, the juice was cold settled for five days, then racked off the sediment and cold fermented in stainless steel for a period of 14 days. Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi chose a yeast to accentuate Vermentino’s natural aromatic qualities. After fermentation, the wine was aged for a period of 9 months prior to bottling. A vast majority of the wine was aged in stainless steel to ensure the retention of delicate aromatics and bright fruit flavors. The remainder was aged in neutral French oak barrels, to add a touch of depth and roundness to the final blend.