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2020 Reserve Verdelho 226

2020 Reserve Verdelho 226
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SKU: 20 RSV VRD 226

FABLE 226: THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

A Hare one day was boasting of his speed: “No one can beat me! Especially not you, Tortoise. It must take you days to travel just a mile.”

The Tortoise, amused, accepted the challenge. At the starting line, the Hare sped off, laughing haughtily as he left the Tortoise behind. So sure of his victory, the Hare stopped under a shady tree to nap. But the Tortoise kept steady, eventually overtaking the sleeping Hare. As the Tortoise neared the finish line, the startled Hare awoke and raced at full speed — but he could not overtake the victorious Tortoise.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Verdelho
Appellation
El Pomar District, Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation
El Pomar District, Paso Robles
Aging
7 Months, 100 % Neutral French Oak
Alcohol %
13.1
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
While tasting, look for hints of lemon curd, herb de provence and indian bananas.
Vineyard Notes
Pomar Junction Vineyard
Winemaker Notes
With our new Pomar location, we also scored a unique vineyard to go along with it. Planted adjacent to the crush pad was an experimental grape variety block planted for Ken Volk, the founder of Wild Horse decades ago. One of our favorites in this block is the Verdelho. For those not familiar with it, Verdelho is a unique Portuguese variety that has a flavor profile similar to Sauvignon Blanc but with a touch of richness to it more like Chardonnay. I’m always surprised this variety hasn’t gone more mainstream.
Other Notes
Just out back from the crush pad lies the block of experimental varieties originally planted for Central Coast industry pioneer Ken Volk (over a decade ago). Verdelho is a very niche variety farmed in Australia and Portugal for the most part. You basically get a cross between an Orange Julius and a Jamba Juice “Mango a Go Go” in the glass — or maybe it’s more Cactus Cooler. Whatever it is, it brings you to a place of youthful bliss. The fruit from those six short rows out back gets pressed directly to older French oak for fermentation. We only bottled 50 cases, so this one won’t last long.
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