Verméil (vehr-MAY) is a Demi-Sec, or lightly sweet sparkling wine. Modern tastes have driven most fine sparkling wines to the dry side; however, an extra touch of dosage makes for a delightful experience. The name Verméil comes from a fire-gilding process first developed in France in the 18th century. Most often it is sterling silver covered with gold. The 2017 Verméil Demi-Sec is the silver of a classic Brut blend overlaid with the gold of a Le Rêve dosage. Its pale gold appearance glitters with very fine, lively bubbles.
Staying true to form in honoring the 2017 vintage, our Verméil opens with aromas of honeysuckle, cherry blossom, tangerine, and apples that beckon on a delicate mousse of bubbles. Luscious flavors evoke notes of honey, baked apple, ginger, marmalade, and lychee filling the wine's long finish and approachable mid-palate.
In 2017, Carneros was gifted with its 3rd wettest winter in 125 years, refilling reservoirs and aquifers that had been depleted in the previous drought years. Happy vines developed healthy canopies which tempered the higher-than-average temperatures and brief heat spikes that characterized the growing season. Harvest began on August 7th, a fairly typical start date in Carneros. The resulting wines show beautiful depth, concentration, and freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
Our 2017 Verméil accompanies well for sweet desserts, such as Panna Catta, and even savory entrees, or a classic fresh shellfish. This delicious wine may be appreciated with brunch, before dinner, or with entrees enhanced with fruit sauces or sweet reductions. Founding winemaker Eileen Crane loves pairing this wine with a rich poundcake.