Vermentino is difficult to find in California let alone Santa Barbara County. So when Steve Clifton was asked if he'd be interested in Vermentino from Camp 4 vineyard in Santa Ynez, he immediately said yes!
Steve has always been interested in finding new white grape varieties to work with at Palmina and Vermentino has always intrigued him for a number of reasons. The varietal has great body, lifted aromatics and a delicious flavor profile. It's also very malleable as it works well in many different regions and can be made in a number of different styles — from stainless to barrel fermentation. Although there are limited plantings of Vermentino found in Santa Barbara County, Steve feels the grape has great potential in this area and we will be seeing more of it soon.