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A.D. Beckham Applegate Valley Amphora Vermentino 2016

91 Our Score
(5/2017) Taking inspiration from Italian winemaker Elisabetta Foradori who is regarded as one of the leaders in clay amphora use in winemaking, Andrew Beckham, a ceramicist by trade, sought to combine his two passions: ceramics and wine. Using fruit sourced from a single vineyard in the Applegate Valley located in southern Oregon, the Vermentino is the newest addition to Andrew's portfolio of wines fermented in his own handcrafted clay amphora. His ability to transform a fairly uninteresting varietal like Vermentino into what is in this bottle mimics Elisabetta's expression of Nosiola, adding texture and complexity to what would otherwise be just another common bottle of white wine. The amphora provides a porous environment conducive to a cooler, longer fermentation which allows for a more complete development of the wine's fruit characteristics as well as extended maceration on the skins for added texture. The flavor profile is incredibly clean and fresh, with notes of lime and green apple and an electric tension we've never really experienced in a Vermentino. But the true focus of this wine is the texture- full and satisfying mouthfeel, a slightly tannic element that Andrew would describe as 'dusty brick', and a lifted acidity that lingers forever. A truly unique bottle of wine that can be enjoyed by itself over a long period of time or with pork tacos.
$
2199
750 ML
Available:
~33 bottlesCheck all Stores

Contini "Pariglia" Vermentino di Sardegna 2015

90 Our Score
(1/2017) The Vermentino grape is grown in many zones around Italy, and this delicious offering from the Island of Sardinia is one of the better ones we've had, especially at this price. Offering a super expressive nose of almond, honey, white peach and preserved lemon, with a creamy texture, a salty middle and a brisk finish, this serious value will match nicely with spicy soups or creamy pasta dishes.
$
1359
750 ML
Available:
~96 bottlesCheck all Stores
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