Vermillion bottle

Vermillion

White Wine, 2015

Mad scientist? Perhaps—no one but Helen Keplinger would think to blend these seven grape varieties into one cohesive wine. Yet that’s why her creations—especially this one with Blue Apron—are so exciting. She typically uses each of the vineyards’ grapes to accent other wines she crafts, but Helen found that together they made for a wine with the weight to pair with rich foods and the complexity to match lighter, nuanced dishes. Take her word for it: “This is a fun, crazy blend.” This wine is a blend of 41% Viognier, 22% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Sémillon, 5% Marsanne, 3% Roussanne, and 2% Tocai Friulano.

Profile

Vermillion white is a lush, full wine with melon and stone-fruit flavors counterbalanced by fresh, oral aromas.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Straw
APPEARANCE
Straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Apricots sillo
Apricot
Canteloupe sillo
Cantaloupe
Lime blossom sillo
Lime blossom
Vanilla sillo
Vanilla bean

Pairing

This white wine is incredibly versatile. It has the body to match heavier dishes, the fruity richness to pair with earthy flavors, and the floral complexity to enhance Indian fare.

TASTING TIP

Note how the wine coats your palate. That richness is a result of perfectly ripe Viognier and Chardonnay grapes, the fuller- bodied varieties in the wine.

The dish is billowing with complex flavors, so pour a rich, ripe white that can join the party without getting overpowered.

A white wine with some weight is just what you need to stand up to the richness of the broth and the earthy mushroom flavor.

Pour a lush, fruity white to match the dish's buttery richness. The wine also draws out the roasted vegetables' sweetness.

Delicious fall pairing: a full, rich white matches the richness of the squash and relish, without overpowering the chicken.

Pour a lush, fruity white to complement the rich brown butter and accentuate the dish's herbal notes.

A rich, fruity white perfectly matches the sweetness of the gravy and also complements the flavor of the sweet potatoes.

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More About The Wine

California’s North Coast region comprises six counties north of San Francisco, though the grapes for this wine come mostly from Sonoma County, and a small percentage from Napa. Helen chose the vineyards specifically for their ability to lend wines significant body and concentration but also delicate oral aromas, bright freshness and minerality.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Tocai Friulano grape in this wine is often called Sauvignon Vert. It is not related to Sauvignon Blanc, nor to the grapes used to make wine in the Hungarian region of Tokaj (pronounced toh-koy).

  • VARIETY
    White Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    North Coast, California, USA
  • OAK
    100% French oak, 10% new
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
North coast region map

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