Vöcal Vineyards, Grüner Veltliner Alfaro Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains, California, 2018

Vöcal Vineyards, Grüner Veltliner Alfaro Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains, California, 2018 - Merchant of Wine

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Overview of the Wine

Ted Glennon produces his own wine under the label Vöcal Vineyards, a collection of small, single vineyard wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay region of California (going on its 8th vintage in 2020!). 

"Vöcal is about the natural tension in the vineyard between grape and ground, the sun and rain, and the hand of man. Each contribution is important. We believe in a thoughtful dialogue in place of dogma when it comes to making the wines. These are vineyards influenced by the Monterey Bay. A deep sea trench that is a feature of the geological event that shaped the Salinas valley and the Santa Cruz Mtn Range, resulting in cold upwelling of water - fog and wind is abundant in a region statistically a desert due to low average rainfall. Wonderful conditions for agriculture in the flats of the valley floor, and brilliant for viticulture in the bench land and mountain sites of the coastal ranges; this is the voice behind Vöcal."
- Ted Glennon

Richard Alfaro's Vineyard sits at 550' elevation, south-west facing, the soil is composed of mostly sand and stones: mountain erosion being in the lower slopes of the range. Redwoods, coastal shrub and pines fill out the borders.

Blend: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Sub-appellation: Alfaro
Soil: Sand And Eroded Stone
Bottles Produced: 2,700
Harvested: Mid-late September
Fermentation Vessel: 50% Used French Barrels, 50% Stainless
Malolactic Fermentation: No


Grape / Blend

Grüner Veltliner

Origin

Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Tasting Notes:

Growing in well drained and south facing sandy soils, this 100% Gruner Veltliner’s structure is enviable. In combination with the cool salt spray from Monterey Bay and 50% barrel fermentation, the profile continues to impress with its complexity between tart green orchard fruits and herbaceousness. A mouthwatering, fresh finish reflects clasvsic Gruner characteristics of white pepper and stony minerality with a bit of salinity.


About Ted Glennon, Sommelier & Producer

Ted Glennon began his career working in the kitchen of a steak house in the Mojave Desert as a teenager. For over 20+ years as a Sommelier, Wine Director and General
Manager he refined his knowledge of fine wine and hospitality skills and business management. The past 7 years, Ted has gained experience as a wine producer, managing national distribution and route to market brand strategy and event production.

Today, his Company “Asilomar” specializes in developing and managing fine wine brands: national representation and wholesale distribution. The company also focuses on marketing and event creation and production: intimate events elevating wines and creating real engagement with sought after collectors, consumers, and sommeliers.

Ted Glennon is also the Wine Director and Sommelier Liaison for Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Los Angeles Food & Wine which are two of the most prestigious wine festivals in America: a national stage for fine wine brands. He organizes 4 days of tastings, seminars, lunches, dinners, and late night events: curating over 300 producers. Pebble Beach Food and Wine attracts over eight thousand fine wine consumers as attendees. As the Sommelier Liaison, Ted is responsible for organizing a team of over 100 sommeliers each year from across the continent. These Men and Women represent the best and brightest of America’s wine service, and Ted always keeping an eye on new talent - the team is ever changing.

Accolades:
Advanced Sommelier 2010, Rudd Roundtable 2011
Sommelier of the Year, Food and Wine Magazine 2012
James Beard Nominee Best New Restaurant in America, Restaurant 1833, 2012
James Beard Nominee Best Service Quince 2013
Michelin 2 Stars Quince 2013 (Quince was elevated to 3 Stars in 2017)


Product size: 750ml

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