Producer: Barboursville Vineyards
Blend: 100% vermentino
Winemaking: Fermented and aged in stainless steel with 7-8 months of lees contact
* Review sample provided by the winery
Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve
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.