Archive for the ‘Vermentino di Sardegna DOC’ category

Cantina Pala Stellato Vermentino 2006

January 21, 2008

Last week I was pleasantly surprised when I tried a newly arrived Vermentino from Cantina Pala. Some Italian whites like basic Soave, Verdicchio or Vernaccia can taste rather bland and neutral but this Vermentino offered the complete opposite. Believed to be related to Malvasia, this variety is brought to Italy and France by the Spaniards in the 15th century. Grown in an area running from the Côte d’Azur and Corsica through Liguria and into the Tuscan coast, Vermentino is best known for its examples from the DOC Vermentino di Sardegna and the DOCG Vermentino di Gallura. There it can produce delightlfully aromatic, medium to full-bodied whites as shown in this wine. Grapefruit, lemon, apple, aniseed, fennel, flowers and vegetal notes leap out of the glass while extended ageing on fine lees for three months adds a soft, nearly creamy texture to a fresh, crisp palate driven by intense citrus and floral flavours. Enjoy this deliciously fragrant wine while it’s young and vibrant. 89 points

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $32  Drink: Now