2018 Edmunds St. John «Heart of Gold»
Region: USA, California
Grape Varietals: Vermentino, Grenache Blanc
Dry, light-bodied white; springy, clean | Fritto misto
Speaking about the 2018 vintage, Steve has said:
"Then 2018 came along, with it’s very warm early Summer, and it’s dramatic temperature shift in late August, and it’s mild, comfortable, and, really, perfect landing. Right from the start it was clear: this is a truly special vintage (it was my 47th in the wine business, and I don’t recall one I thought was any better)."
67% Vermentino, topped up with Grenache Blanc, picked from the Fenaughty Vineyard which is at 850 metres altitude. Following a whole bunch press, there is a 3-week fermentation in stainless steel. The wine spends 3 months on the lees, although malolactic fermentation is blocked.
Winemaker Steve Edmunds and his wife Cornelia St. John first bought a couple of tons of grapes in 1985 and began tinkering with them in a warehouse near them home in west Berkeley. Over the last 30 years, Steve has done what all great students and learners do: he has listened. He listens to feedback from other winemakers, his consumers, and most importantly to what the land and the grapes are telling him from one vintage to the next. In a world saturated with degrees and qualifications in viticulature, Steve stands out for his unofficial self-education.
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