2011 is our second harvest of Coquerel Verdelho. The vineyard was purchased in 2007 and adjoins our old-vine Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. The Verdelho is planted in a small one acre plot, and the fruit is delicious. After two harvests of tasting yet not using the fruit, we decided to make a fruity dry wine from the Verdelho growing there. It is wonderfully refreshing, light yet crisp and complex on the palate. Our Verdelho has a nose of papaya and grapefruit. The wine mouth feel is crispy and bright, with a creamy mid palate and a lingering finish of exotic fruit. The wine is delicious to enjoy over appetizers or it will pair beautifully with seafood, sushi, East Asian foods, fresh cheeses, or enjoy by itself with good friends.
Coquerel 2011 Verdelho is a delicious, straightforward wine expressing natural crispness, fruitiness and nuttiness. We think it is the perfect “go-to” wine for casual enjoyment with friends over appetizers and small plates. Our Verdelho has a nose of papaya, grapefruit and pine nuts. The mouthfeel is initially crispy and bright, with a creamy mid palate and a lingering finish of exotic fruit. The wine is delicious to enjoy over appetizers or it will pair beautifully with fresh oysters, seafood, tapas, charcuterie, and spicy Asian cuisine.
Hand harvested, the fruit was gently pressed, the juice settled and was fermented in stainless steel barrels. The wine was aged sur lie for seven months, with frequent stirring to develop roundness, body and texture. We chose a silver screw cap closure as we know this will be a favorite "go-to" wine.