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Troon's owners became enamored with Vermentino while in Italy and as cool as the story is, the wine's even better. Fresh cut lime and green apple mingle with perfectly ocean-like minerality and crisp acidity. There isn't a better Northwest wine for oysters, and it screams for any fish or seafood. One of the coolest Northwest white wines I've tried, period.

The story: Troon's owners became enamored with Vermentino while in Italy, and again with a visit to Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. They kept hearing "it has to see the ocean" and were determined to prove that wasn't so.

Five years ago, they grafted Vermentino onto 40 year-old Chardonnay vines, and started producing tiny amounts of Vermentino. They loved it, planted more, and finally have enough to share, with two goals in mind: setting the Benchmark for Vermentino in the Pacific Northwest, and being America's largest Vermentino producer.

Foundation 72 is their tribute to founder Dick Troon, who planted the Troon vineyard 40 years ago.

Vermentino is an Italian varietal that is widely grown in Sardinia.

Flinty, mineral-driven qualities are first and foremost, with the typical lemon and white peach notes following. Medium bodied, finishes dry, with crisp acid. A great aperitif wine, this would go well with shellfish, oysters, steamed clams or bruschetta. Herbert A. Quady, winemaker

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