Verdelho was a new white varietal for me. All it took was the owner to go on a river cruise to Portugal where it was featured on board. Never experienced before, I sent him to the store to find some samples for me… then we sat down to determine the direction to take.
I knew that it had to be a full cluster pressed after hand sorting. The resulting juice had a very lemon, citrus nose. We decided to do stainless steel aging and then finish the wine to give smoothness and a bit of color to the resulting wine.
Using ML to further soften the finish I think that we have achieved our goal of a crisp, dry white.
Appellation: Sierra Foothills
Bottling Date: May 2021
4x 2020 Frog’s Tooth Verdelho, Sierra Foothills Case:
Since 1999, Frog’s Tooth Vineyards and Winery have been growing, crafting, pouring, and sharing our hand-crafted small-batch wines from the Sierra Foothills. What we don’t grow on our beautiful 10-acre vineyard in Copperopolis CA, we source from other local growers who share our passion.
From our inviting tasting room and patio, a short walk from Main Street in Murphys, we have been pouring our wines since 2007. Our winemaker Will SavoieHoule has brought a new youthful passion to crafting delicious wines. Each and every varietal is painstakingly hand sorted to ensure only the best fruit makes it into our award-winning wines.
Will’s passion for bringing out the best that our fruit has to offer is contagious. We encourage you to come by our tasting room and enjoy a glass on our patio or join us for one of our club member parties at our Vineyard.
Every sip of our wines is a true taste of the Sierra Foothills!
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Hey everyone, labrat here. When I received the bottle I first noticed the darker color, then the fairly high ABV and assumed this would be a pretty big wine! I made a dinner I hoped could stand up to it - basil turkey burgers, potatoes in chorizo, and lemony sauteed kale with fennel.
Right out of the fridge I got green apple, some ripe melon, and maybe pineapple on the nose.
I loved the texture of the wine, nice medium body and very silky. It also had good acidity, it never felt flabby even as the glasses warmed to room temperature. I thought it stood up well to all the food, this would be a versatile wine to have on hand for pairings.
One thing to mention - I drink about 50/50 reds and whites, and I really liked this wine. It was complex and I didn’t really find any flaws. My partner only drinks white wine and didn’t care for this one, she thought the alcohol was pretty apparent. We both also thought there was a little oak on the palate, that must be the MLF tricking us!
Thanks for letting me try this one! And thanks for the glass, I broke my other two