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Brainchild White California

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Brainchild White California FOOD & WINE Wine Club Brainchild White California
Winery McNeil and Sons
Grape Vermentino
Year 2012
Country United States
Appellation California

$20.00 per bottle

Member Price: $18.00

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Unusual white varieties - from Albariño to Vermentino - are catching on in California; this is a great example of the latter.
What You Need To Know
This rare California white showcases Vermentino, a Mediterranean grape variety that yields zesty, refreshing wines. It’s the bright idea of vintner Patrick McNeil, a thirtysomething industry vet and fifth-generation Californian with a knack for sussing out stellar fruit from singular vineyards. In this case, McNeil connected with a grape grower in Lodi, an up-and-coming region 80 miles inland from San Francisco. Located on the edge of a vast river delta, Lodi’s hot days and cool breezes give the Vermentino grape the climate it needs to excel. McNeil fermented the grapes in tanks and aged the wine in neutral French oak barrels, resulting in lip-smacking acidity and ripe, exotic fruit flavors. A dash of Muscat adds a floral note.
Smell It
Smell It
Floral white peach and lemon scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Crisp and dry, with melon, peach and floral notes.
Serve It
Serve It
Well chilled.
Pair It
Pair It
Zesty fish and shellfish dishes.