Leaf and Vine bottle

Leaf and Vine

White Wine, 2017

Tim Keith is a one-man band at Leaf and Vine. The former winemaker at Napa’s Quixote, where he had a full team, now works the vineyards, drives the tractor and sorts the grapes all on his own. He also gets geeky in the winery: He ferments his wines with native yeasts and bottles them unfiltered for a pure expression of the grapes’ flavors. This white is a blend of grape varieties native to Spain and Portugal that Tim has been tinkering with for years. You’re the first to get a taste. This wine is a blend of 50% Verdelho, 32% Grenache Blanc and 18% Albariño.

Profile

Leaf and Vine White is its own animal—an Iberian chameleon in the California sun, if you will. Verdelho and Albariño keep it bright and citrusy; barrel-aged Grenache Blanc adds texture and complexity. Whatever the menu, it fits right in.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
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APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Vanilla
Pineapple
Tangerine
Verbena

Pairing

These vibrant wines often taste of passion fruit or citrus, sometimes accented with an herbaceous note. A fruity-zesty balance, a signature of Sauvignon Blanc, is what makes these wines delicious with goat cheese (a staple pairing in France’s Loire Valley); the wine makes the cheese taste creamier.

More About The Wine

Lodi is a warm, dry region where just about every grape variety, red or white, grows well. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out around 1850. Borden Ranch, at the eastern edge of Lodi, features some of California’s oldest soils—well-drained and stony, nurturing deep-rooted, drought-resistant vines that yield intensely flavored grapes.

DID YOU KNOW?

This wine was left to ferment on its own, rather than having an industrial yeast strain—bred for efficiency—added to the grape juice. Native, or wild, yeasts can enhance a wine’s complexity.

  • VARIETY
    White Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Vista Luna Vineyards
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Borden Ranch, Lodi, California
  • OAK
    Stainless steel & French oak
  • ALCOHOL
    13.3%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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