In the Esprit de Provence white, the Vermentino expresses itself
in all its fresh citrus splendor. This is a great white for the
summer and to accompany shell-fish. Think Mediterranean alternative
to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
Very pale yellow hue, luminous with pale green reflections. On the
nose there are floral notes (white flowers) and fruit (pear, exotic
fruit, lemon rind).The first impression in the mouth is one of
roundness. The fruitiness and sensation of freshness in the
after-taste gives this wine persistence and character.
2014 started with a relatively hot and dry spring leading to an
early start to growing period. The summer conditions were similar
to 2013 (minus the hail) and pre-2000 without any water stress nor
excessive heat and particularly cool nights that slowed down the
ripening. We had some rain in mid-harvest that made it challenging
to reach optimal ripeness and concentration on the late ripening
varieties. Overall the wines are a little more light and fresh in
100% Vermentino (Rolle).
Each parcel is vinified separately; short skin contact at 53°F;
grapes were pressed with early separation of pressed must; tight
cold static must settling; temperature control of fermentation at
59-61°F; racking and blockage of malolactic fermentation.
MATURING AND BOTTLING
4-5 rackings; early fining with bentonite; filtration; blending;
stabilization and non-sterile filtration; bottled in the
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