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Vocal Vineyards Alfaro Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2018

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This 100% Gruner Veltliner’s structure is enviable. In combination with the cool salt spray from Monterey Bay and 50% barrel fermentation the profile continues to impress with its complexity between tart green orchard fruits and herbaceousness. A mouthwatering, fresh finish reflects classic Gruner Veltliner characteristics of white pepper and stony minerality with a bit of salinity.

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Intriguing aromas of mandarin rind, paraffin, light green herbs and blanched almonds show on the nose of this bottling by the sommelier-turned-winemaker Ted Glennon. There's an oily viscosity to the palate, where those citrus and herb flavors meet with hints of tropical mango and light nuts, proving very complex throughout.

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Vöcal came to life in 2012 when the Lilo Vineyard Pinot Noir became available. Ian Brand and Ted Glennon had been conspiring to do something together, neither of them knew what, but something... 2013 their first harvest in Lilo was almost perfect, beautiful fruit: character, structure and tension. In 2014 Richard Alfaro generously asked them to participate in the first harvest of the new planting of Grüner Veltliner in his Vineyard also in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today they also produce Cabernet and Gros Verdot from the historic Bates Ranch and Enz Vineyards respectively. Vöcal is about the natural tension in the vineyard between grape and ground, the sun and rain, and the hand of man. Each contribution is important. Ted and Ian believe in a thoughtful dialogue in place of dogma when it comes to making the wines. These are vineyards influenced by the Monterey Bay. A deep sea trench that is a feature of the geological event that shaped the Salinas valley and the Santa Cruz Mtn Range, resulting in cold upwelling of water - fog and wind is abundant in a region statistically a desert due to low average rainfall. Wonderful conditions for agriculture in the flats of the valley floor, and brilliant for viticulture in the bench land and mountain sites of the coastal ranges; this is the voice behind Vöcal.
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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

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Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner calls Austria its homeland. While some easily quaffable Grüners come in a one-liter—a convenient size—many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging. Somm Secret—About 75% of the world’s Grüner Veltliner comes from Austria but the variety is gaining ground in other countries, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States.

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