Origin: Mokelumne River AVA, San Joaquin County, California
USNW Classification: Natural, Organic
Varietal & Type: Vermentino 100%
Vermentino is classically grown on the warm Mediterranean coasts of both Italy and Corsica. This grape is known primarily for being high in acid and layered with minerality. Wine made from this grape typically screams for food. This Vermentino comes from The Bench Vineyard which is located in Clements Hills AVA in the greater Lodi area. While the vineyard does not sit on the coast, it does benefit from the cool Pacific breeze and sandy soils. I strive to source fruit from high-quality vineyards and this vineyard fits that ethos because it's farmed with Biodynamic practices. We selected and hand-harvested the fruit from a slightly cooler lower block that helps retain a fresher profile.
Vinification: The was whole cluster pressed and allowed to settle overnight with a light racking. Native yeast fermentation was carried out in stainless steel. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked and aged for 5 months in concrete before bottling. Unfinned and unfiltered expect some sediment.Aromas of banana, lemon leaf, grapefruit pith, fresh fennel, and wool.
On the palate, this wine has layers of texture, and a slight bit of grip from concrete aging while having a nice rounded oily finish. This wine is driven by its minerality, it's savory, sassy almost salty, and would be great with shellfish, pasta, creamy dishes, and cheese.
About The Winemaker
Terah Bajjalieh is a winemaker and certified sommelier from California.
A native Californian, Terah refined her unique style and found her love of wine by way of food and from her travels across the globe. She started her professional career in the hospitality industry studying at the International Culinary Institute in California. She then spent time working in wine bars, a Michelin-starred restaurant, wine education, and consulting in the Bay Area.
Terah ambitiously immersed herself into the international world of wine, studying Enology and Viticulture in both Spain and France. She completed 13 harvests covering five countries. Her flying winemaking experience includes the regions of:
Barossa Valley (Australia).
Marlborough (New Zealand)
Sierra Foothills (U.S.)
Napa Valley (U.S.)
The Willamette Valley (U.S.)
Terah holds a BS in Finance from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from Montpellier Supagro in France. She is a Level 2 Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master and holds the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits.
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