Sea Salt, honeysuckle, jasmine, vanilla, orange blossom
Block 44 Vermentino on the eastern edge of our property grows beautiful fruit. The berries of this varietal are particularly suited to the Temecula terroir.
These two and a half tons of grapes came to wine production late in August 2016. We fermented them in stainless steel and kept them on their lees for a little longer to give this wine some additional richness. Only 154 cases of this vintage were produced.
The 2017 BOTTAIA Vermentino begins with orange blossom and jasmine aromas flowing from the glass. The wine opens right away in the mouth with a lush texture that is expansive and inviting. The generous texture blends synergistically with the gorgeous citrus and floral notes to give the impression of sweetness if only for a few moments. The following moments bring a refreshing counterpoint to the sweet middle of this dynamic wine as the wine is resolved by the bracing sensation of bergamot orange peel. With all its similarity to marmalade's bitter, sour, and sweet taste sensations, the perfect paring would have to be simply foie gras and toast points. This is such a complex white wine that I suspect we will continue to be surprised at how it becomes more sophisticated with time in the bottle. - Don Crank III, Winemaker
We brought in this beautiful fruit at the end of August 2017 and fermented it slow and cold in stainless steel.