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CCWP Thursday Bottle Photo 8.1.13Blair Fox Cellars 2012 Vermentino

Honeyed tart of lemon with a hint of fresh ginger, this Vermentino has a long finish of delicate English rose petals. I cannot wait to try it with fresh seafood.

This Italian grape varietal is newer to me, but it’s definitely now on my radar.

Some of the latest DNA grape typing reveals that Vermentino is the same as Pigato of Liguria, as well as Favoria of Piedmont. This news apparently replaces the view that Vermentino is identical to Rollo, prevalent around Nice; both of those varietals are classified under the synonym Rolle.

Winemaker Blair Fox sources this from his Fox Family Vineyard in the hills outside Los Olivos. Santa Barbara County. Retail: $25. Los Olivos tasting room; www.blairfoxcellars.com