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Wine Recommendation

Wine: Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery 2005 Vermentino, Estate (Yadkin Valley)

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery

2005 Vermentino, Estate
(Yadkin Valley)

Wineries in North Carolina are experimenting with several Italian grape varieties that so far seem to perform quite well here. Raffaldini grows several vinifera varieties at their 1200-foot elevation in the northern Yadkin Valley, but focuses particularly on Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Aleatico, Malvasia Bianca and Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio has already proven to be a worthy grape for North Carolina and the Yadkin Valley.

Raffaldini’s 2005 Vermentino (from the Vermentino grape native to Sardinia) is a delightful surprise. Pale straw in color, it is quite dry and brisk, with light citrus aromas and a faint hint of lime blossom. The clean, bright, zesty fruit – typical of good Vermentino – works especially well with seafood. Light-bodied without sacrificing flavor, it promises to be a highly viable grape variety for North Carolina winegrowers to explore.

Reviewed August 17, 2006 by Barbara Ensrud.


Other Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Medal - 2006 San Diego International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal - 2006 Indy International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal - 2006 Eastern International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal - 2006 LA County Fair

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The Wine

Winery: Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Vermentino
Appellation: Yadkin Valley
Grape: Vermentino
Price: 750ml $13.00

Review Date: 8/17/2006

The Reviewer

Barbara Ensrud

Barbara Ensrud has been writing about and reviewing wines since 1979, with a nationally syndicated column for the New York Daily News and numerous other publications. Her “no numbers” approach to evaluating wine is simple: how does it taste – on its own, as well as with particular foods? Is it good value, whether $10 or $210? Does it measure up in terms of varietal character and regional identity? …"When I taste a good wine, I can't wait to share it with fellow wine lovers."