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2008 Verdelho Santa Barbara County

2008 Verdelho Santa Barbara County

Longtime beloved wine of Spain and Portugal, Verdehlo is just starting to get some well deserved attention here in the United States.  It is real a crowd pleaser; even your friends who insist they only drink red wine will fall head over heels for this refreshing, balanced and complex white.   Heady floral characteristics and melon aromas carry through to the palate and combine with peach, grapefruit and a slight minerality.  Incredibly versatile, it pairs well with many foods including traditional Spanish-style tapas like Marcona almonds, olives and full-flavored cheeses like Manchego and Gouda.  How about crab cakes, butter poached lobster tails or sushi?  Or for a real treat, skip the mimosa and have a glass of Verdehlo with your Sunday brunch of prosciutto wrapped melon and a crab omelet.

86 cases produced

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2006 Verdelho Santa Barbara County

2006 Verdelho Santa Barbara County

What mysteries await behind the smoky facade of this wine that you may never have heard of?  Verdelho is actually the name of the grape originally planted by Portuguese conquerors on the island of Madeira a few years ago in the 15th century, and is still one of the more widely planted grapes on the island.  You probably drove the ox cart right by such a vineyard last time you were there and didn’t even notice.  Unless of course like many of us you haven’t even heard of Madeira, or thought it was something that happened to your feet when standing around in wet shoes too long.  Anyway, Verdelho is also grown in Galicia, or the northwestern region of Spain, has been successful in Australia, and has quite a future here for those seeking out a little more adventure in their white wine drinking.  It exhibits fresh aromatics of nutty & peachy flavors, a slight minerality and herbal characteristics reminiscent of the air after the first good rain of the season.  Given its geographic roots, it’s probably no surprise this is a great, natural accompaniment to shellfish and lobster.

217 cases produced.

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