Producer: Barboursville Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Blend: 100% vermentino
Winemaking: Fermented and aged in stainless steel with 7-8 months of lees contact
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $23*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve

Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve

90 points

One of the 12 wines to make the Virginia Wineries Association 2019 Governor's Cup Case, this vermentino is wonderfully minerally on the nose with aromas of tangerine peel, pear and white tea. But it is that saline minerality that comes through most distinctly.

Medium-bodied, fresh and clean, the palate shows a bit more fruit in the form of pear and yellow apple with bright citrus pith and peel notes at the edges. As it warms a bit, a haunting spice note emerges in the background that reminds me of cracked white peppercorns. It's that bit of complexity that really sets this wine apart. The finish is dry, and minerally with orange blossom quality.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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