Ciao Bella! Its been a while since the last vintage of 18th Street Bianco graced our shelves, but it’s finally back! This latest installment in Bi-Rite’s custom wine label is made with 100% Vermentino instead of Vernaccia, keeping with the Bianco’s Cal-Ital theme of exploring Italian grapes grown in the Golden State.
Our 2010 18th Street Bianco “Cuvée Vermentino” ($12.99) is our best 18th Street Bianco ever! Vermentino is a lovely Italian variety found mostly in Liguria, the island of Sardinia, and increasinly in southern France where it is known as Rolle. Our California bottling hails from Lodi, where a tiny amount of Vermentino is planted. 18th Street Bianco is light and slightly floral with notes of melon, lime, and stone fruits followed by a dry finish. We love this with our house made salt cod brandade spread on a warm baguette!