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Twisted Oak Alta Mesa Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho 2006


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    “Mandrake? You listening? Purity of Essence. That’s what this Verdelho has. You’ll never catch a Commie drinking this Verdelho. Why, Mandrake? Because it’s full of exotic aromas of bananas, citrus, lilac. And, it is bursting with crisp, fresh fruit flavors of apricots and honeydew melon. Mandrake, this is the purest expression of fruit from a vineyard as you will ever taste. Drink it now, like a man!”
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    Verdleho is a varietal from Portugal that produces crisp dry white wines - to learn more, scroll down!
    "...a ballerina in steel-toed boots." - San Francisco Chronicle Wine section. How can you beat that?

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    Production Notes
    The Silvaspoons Vineyard is located northeast of Galt in a district known as the Alta Mesa AVA. This Portuguese white grape is an early ripener with great natural acidity reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc. The berries are lightgreenish to golden in color but the skins are quite thin, yielding a white grape juice that is almost pale straw in color.
    The 2006 growing season started with a wet spring. When the rain finally stopped in May, temperatures came up very fast. Early July was warm but late July gave us an extreme heat wave and many vineyards, including this one, shut down for 2 weeks. Finally, August rolled around and the weather cooled down a bit. At veraison (thetechnical term for the onset of berry ripening), temperatures stayed cool and the fruit ripened slowly. To achieve full maturation of fruit without sacrificing natural acidity, we harvested in mid-September.
    Upon reaching the winery, the fruit was whole cluster pressed to remove the clear juice from the skins and seeds. After pressing, the wine was inoculated with a Spanish yeast strain and the yeast monitored throughout fermentation to ensure optimal yeast viability. The juice was fermented in a stainless steel tank at 54 degrees. After 18 days and near the end of primary fermentation, the wine was racked off of the lees to another tank and held at a very low temperature. The wine was bottled in early December to capture the “freshness” of the fruit flavors.

    Varietals & Vineyards:100% Verdelhofrom Silvaspoons VineyardHarvest Date:September 17, 2006Oak Program:100% stainless steel(that would be... NO OAK!)(NONE)(ZIP)(ZILCH!)Food Pairings: By itself!as an aperitif - clam chowder - oysters and other aphrodesiacs- Spanish and Asian foods

    Posted by thewinery on January 27th, 2008 at 8:24pm | report comment

    Color: pale yellow

    Nose: Bright, bright lemon and zesty citrus, but also some tropical fruits.

    Palate: Mouth-wateringly good, with the fruit in the nose and then some floral as the wine finishes out. Begs for a picnic and some light fare!

    Posted by drxeno on May 1st, 2008 at 4:12am | report comment

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