Our Vermentino, the Californian translation of the esoteric, lean, Italian varietal originally hailing from coastal Tuscany and Sardinia, is whole-cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel and aged sur lie for seven months. The resulting wine is of a pale lemon hue, with notes of a crisp Anjou pear, grapefruit pith, and young pineapple. The palate is replete with a bracing acidity and fresh citrus notes of lemon overture (pulp & zest), honeydew melon, and guava.
Enjoy with oysters — any style, tapas, or Blanchard’s buttermilk fried chicken.
Vintage and Winemaking Notes
2016 was a vintage of idealic weather. Some relief from the drought led to increased vegetative growth of the vines resulting in more delicate, elegant wines.
Whole cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel, aged sur lie for seven months.
Casino Mine Ranch is an estate vineyard located in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. The winery - a century old ranch that was once mined for gold — is owned and managed by fourth-generation California brothers, Jim and Rich Merryman.
The vineyard is planted and farmed to best harness the potential of the site, through thoughtfully selected grape varietals. In keeping with the family’s pioneering spirit, the Merryman’s partnered with the highly acclaimed winemaking team of Andy Erickson and Jessica Tarpy who share a passion for great wines from special sites. Together with their commitment to hard work, connection to the land, and passion to produce the best wine possible they are pursuing a legacy that honors the history, family, and the land.
We invite you to visit our Amador County ranch. You can taste our rare and exceptional wines in our private cellar, and you can step into our wine cave, originally carved out by miners.
This is Gold Country. So there are all these great mineral deposits: Quartz that sparkles, and volcanic rock, and ash. And the wine caves—these are not Napa Valley caves—are former mine caves, carved out of the hills.
- Andy Erickson, Consulting Winemaker
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@CasinoMineRanch@PatrickKarcher Totally agree. Very mineral (the Italian version at least, which is the only one I tried, both from Tuscany and from Sardinia (slurp) and actually also a bottle from northern Lazio) and considerably less “in your face” compared to Sauvignon Blanc (the Californian and Australian versions, at least). I hope this is subtle as the Italians, because I’ve to say Californian wines are often too “dressed up” for my taste. Like too much makeup on a beautiful woman: you can tell there is good terroire and great care, but no need to push in your face all the tasting notes characteristic of that specific wine…
Lab rat here! I drank this Vermentino on Friday and Saturday nights at varying cool temperatures. My first impression was that it has the color of a Sauvignon Blanc (pale lemon yellow) and the flavor profile of a Chardonnay.
There wasn’t a lot of nose on it even after I left to rise to room temperature. What nose it did have was citrusy and floral, very pleasant. I preferred it after about 15 minutes out of the refrigerator – cool but not cold.
It has a nice, even-bodied mouthfeel, very similar to an unoaked Chardonnay. It carries flavors of grapefruit, mandarin, and melon. Maybe a little fresh straw in there too. There’s a hint of minerality, but it is not forward on the palette.
It’s a very easy drinking wine that pairs well with seafood, salads, poultry, and Mediterranean fare. I can’t speak to how well it would age, but it seemed ready to drink to me, and you won’t have a hard time finding meals to pair it with. If you are a fan of unoaked Chardonnay, I think you’ll like this Vermentino.
Hi everyone! Very excited to have this offer today and tomorrow.
This Vermentino has made so many fans already. Many people have never had a Vermentino before and are super impressed with the wines complexity and minerality. With Andy Erickson and Jessica Tarpy behind the winemaking, the wines high-quality is no surprise. Andy Erickson has been behind labels like Screaming Eagle, Staglin, Arrietta, Harlan, Ovid, Dalla Valle, Mayacaymus and Favia.
New fans of the Vermentino include a few great Master Sommeliers, Chefs from all over the country, and everyday wine drinkers who are looking for great value.
The Sierra Foothills are booming with incredible wines at a very affordable price! Casino Mine Ranch is looking to become a “gold” standard for this increasing popular area in the incredible California wine scene.
I’m liking what I’m seeing here from the data provided in the offer’s description, the Rat Report, and the vineyard. Just have to decide 4 or 12 before Christmas, but then I’ve got a lot of seafood and Lake Erie fish to consume in the next several months. I’ve never had a Vermentino before and I like to push the boundaries of my wine experience and the Feast of Seven Fish is around the corner. WTH, in for a case! Thanks @casinomineranch and @winedavid49. Hopefully, I’ll get a dozen gold nuggets from the ranch in the case?
@mommadeb This isn’t like Chardonnay at all, so you can put that away. We had a chance to sample the Vermentino at Woodbridge during the rpm tour last summer, and we liked it enough to buy some. Different winery, of course, but I’m confident enough to buy this one, just on the basis of having tried that grape, and the other comments above.