Archive for the ‘Vermentino’ category

Domaine de Rimauresq Blanc 2006

January 21, 2009

The solid Domaine de Rimauresq now has 57 hectares of vineyards in the AOC of Côtes the Provence for the production of red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan), rosé (Cinsault, Tibouren, Grenache and Syrah) and white wines. This one is made from 90% Rolle – as Vermentino is called in Southern France – and 10% Ugni Blanc. The wine has a straw yellow colour with aromas of stonefruit, citrus, herbs and straw following through to a palate where a soft texture is added by extended lees contact and regular battonage, offering an interesting contrast with the more mineral vivacity on the finish. Drink this one now. 87 points

Source: Fonty’s Pool  Price: $34  Drink: Now

Web: www.rimauresq.com

Santa Caterina Colli di Luni Vermentino 2007

January 18, 2009

img_52632Vermentino is widely planted in the central part of the Mediterranean, reaching its apogee in the Vermentino di Gallura DOCG of Sardinia. However, on both Corsica and the French and Italian mainland some excellent examples are made, as this wine from the Ligurian DOC of Colli di Luni. Entirely made from organically grown grapes, philosopher turned winemaker Andrea Kihlgren has crafted a wonderfully pure Vermentino. Aromas of white flowers, rosemary, straw, grapefruit and apple introduce the flavours to follow on the palate. Bone-dry, with a lovely chalky mouthfeel, this wine shows a perfect balance between expressive herbaceous fruit and a somewhat restraining core of minerality. Try it with a fresh seafood linguine. Yum!

Source: Enoteca Sileno/The Grocer  Price: $45  Drink: Now

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

Web: www.pala.it