Vinous Reverie Notes
The Vermentino varietal can be found under fairly intensive cultivation in nearly all the Mediterranean coastal districts from Spain to Liguria and on the two major islands of Corsica and Sardinia. It is also grown in small areas on the island of Madeira and at some places in southern France. Vermentino is clearly Spanish in origin. It traveled from Spain to Corsica in the 14th century and from there went on to Liguria. Its appearance on Sardinia was fairly recent, the final decades of the last century, and it was first planted in the Gallura at the island’s northernmost tip. Although it is now found throughout Sardinia, Vermentino expresses itself best in the Gallura, an area incessantly swept by the salty Mediterranean air. The quality of the wine is due not only to the microclimatic conditions but also to the character of the terrain, which features a thin and poor substratum of granitic material. That material accounts for the wine’s pronounced odor, which is balanced by a substantial alcohol level, fine fragrance and good body. Tasting Notes Bright straw yellow with golden tinges. Big, intense, with nuances of grape and exotic fruit, and hints of green pepper (capsicum). Dry, full, warm, with good firmness of flavour and texture, characteristic, well balanced, harmonious, good structure, especially delicate, elegant, with a pleasing slightly bitter finish. Food Parings: The ultimate wine for fish entrees, shellfish and crustaceans. Light first courses, seafood risotto, grilled or stewed fish, mild PDO Sardinian Pecorino cheese.