Vermentino- Also planted as “Pigato” in Liguria and known as “Rolle” in Southern France. It is a white grape grown in Southern France, Northern Italy, and the islands of Corisca and Sardina. Vermentino is known for appealing aromas and produces invigorating acidity with green and citrus notes on the palate. In Tuscany, however, the wine presents depth and complexity in floral and slightly soapy qualities. Vermentino grapes are often compared to Viognier when grown in Northern Italy. All Vermentino is meant to be consumed while young and fresh. The grapes are amber-yellow and hang in pyramidal bunches. Vermentino is also used as a blender in varietal wines such as Colli di Luni and Cinque Terre. The first DOCG of Sardinia was Vermentino di Gallura. Sardinia is careful to pick the Vermentino grapes early in order to ensure the favorable crisp and fresh characteristics. Some DOCs in Liguria use the Vermentino grapes to produce a dry passito, even though this type of grape is not associated with sweet wines, and having virtually no residual sugar. The Southern France region of Provence has allowed the Vermentino grape to be used in some AOC production. The United States and Australia have also been growing Vermentino varietals and are having much success in producing wines with crisp, floral, and tart characteristics.
Ribusieri Vermentino Montecucco Chiaranotte is 100% Vermentino and is the only white wine from Ribusieri.
It shows a pale yellow color with greenish hues, enticing enticing floral and tropical fruit notes in a velvety body. It is fresh on the palate, soft and persistent.
Although its viticultural roots date back to the 8th Century, Montecucco only received its DOC in 1998.
Cool breezes from Mount Amiato provide a thermic difference between day and night which enhance perfumes and slow the ripening which, added to the high elevations 180-450 meters above sea level create a vibrant acidity and wines destined to long age ability.
Harvest: generally occurs in the 1st or 2nd week of September when the pre-established qualities for this type of wine are reached.
The grapes are harvested strictly by hand and placed in crates in order to preserve their maximum integrity upon arrival at the winery.
Vinification: de-stemmed grapes are pressed with the aid of a pneumatic press and the the must is fermented at a controlled temperature of 16 ° C in steel tanks.
Aging: the wine obtained remains in stainless steel vats, where it is subject to frequent stirring lees until the month of March.
Average age of the vines is 20 years old planted on calcerous and stony soil type.
Aged on the fine lees in Stainless steel tanks.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.
Pairs best with seafood appetizers, asparagus, grilled and stewed fish dishes
Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi is made from 100 percent Vermentino.
Herbaceous aromas and bright citrus flavors give an almost-electric charge to this light-bodied, crisp and appetizing wine. Aromas of snap peas, parsley and fresh-cut grass lead to lemon and grapefruit flavors and a tingly mouthfeel. It's a perfect summer-to-fall drink.
"Herbaceous aromas and bright citrus flavors give an almost-electric charge to this light-bodied, crisp and appetizing wine. Aromas of snap peas, parsley and fresh-cut grass lead to lemon and grapefruit flavors and a tingly mouthfeel. It's a perfect summer-to-fall drink." — Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast
Betz Family La Serenne Syrah is 100% Syrah
La Serenne is the most reflective of the site/vintage dynamic of our three single-site 2012 Syrahs. Lovers of this wine know that its source, the Boushey Vineyard, is the highest altitude of the three vineyards and is typically the latest harvested. This cool site was accentuated by the cooler season and the results reflect the seriousness of this vineyard and its care.
An extraordinary, nearly impenetrable black purple color leads to a concentrated, inky aromatic impression: smoky black cherry and wild blackberry dominate, but a litany of supporting aromas is already emerging: smoke, violet, mushroom, roasted meat, Chinese 5 spice and minerals. It has a full attack on entry and a big, rich mouthfeel that goes on and on.
2012 is our 13th harvest from this site and these rows. We continue to be impressed with the chameleon nature of this vineyard, in cool years and hot, in heat spikes and cool springs: it provides us with surprises and opportunities at every harvest. While the themes of deep black fruits and pliant structure always surface, the nuance of this vineyard and its care (thank you, Dick Boushey) make it some of the most satisfying fruit we work with every harvest.
"The pure, elegant and textured 2014 Syrah la Serenne offers that classic violet and floral characteristics of the cuvee, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black raspberry fruit, fine, sweet tannin and a great finish. It’s not as powerful or concentrated as the La Cote Rousse, yet it’s a joy to drink and will cruise for a decade or more on its balance and purity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 93 pts
Corne Loup Cotes du Rhone Rouge is made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Color: dark red ruby.
Aromas: red berries, truffles and spices.
Flavors: complex and rich. It shows red and black fruits, with an herbal spice type of aromas coming from the surrounding vegetation (Garrigue).
The average age of the vines is 40 years. (The oldest vines are 80 years old). Yield: 40 hl/ha The soil is mainly sandy marl and small pebble stones.
Lamb, duck, turkey, red meat, game and cheese.