2017 Cavern Select Vermentino
The 2017 Cavern Select Vermentino has notes of citrus and magnolia blossom on the nose. White peach, raw almonds, and flint flavors on the mid-palate with a crisp, piquant finish.
100% from the El Pomar appellation of the Paso Robles AVA. Tucked back in the hills behind the winery.
Vermentino is a new grape varietal for Robert Hall. Very little is planted in the US, so working with the varietal is an exciting opportunity. Vermentino is largely planted in Italy (Sardinia, Toscana, Liguria, Umbria) and France (Provence, Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon). Thought to be the same as the varietal Rolle in Provence and is believed to have come from the Malvasia genetic line.
Food Pairing Notes
Tacos, Seafood (salmon, crab, octopus), prosciutto wrapped melon, Cheese (Ricotta, Goat Cheese, Feta)
Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage began with above average rainfall as the Paso Robles area began to rebound from drought. The wet start was followed by average temperatures that lasted through June. Higher than average winds during bloom affected fruit set in some areas of Paso Robles. Harvest was a few days later than average this year, compressing our growing season. A severe heat spike in September with highs of 115 degrees halted maturation, delaying harvest for about two weeks. Temperatures became more seasonal throughout October until a frost in some areas of Paso Robles in late October created more challenges for our harvest. Overall, the 2017 harvest was an oddly paced, challenging harvest in Paso Robles. In spite of difficult conditions, the vintage shows excellent maturity and depth of flavor.