Vermentino is widely planted in Sardinia along with other parts of Italy including Piemonte. This wine is closer in style to the Sardinian Vermentinos with pronounced minerality due to its maritime influence as well as its barrel fermentation.
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.