So much wine, so little time…
I was just introduced to something so delicious I want to tell the whole world about it !
It is “Vermentino”, a light bodied white wine from Italy…
This fairly unknown varietal can be wonderfully complex in taste with a style similar to Sauvignon Blanc, as was the lovely bottle I tried…(tasting notes to follow.)
Vermentino, pronounced Ver-men-tee-noh, is widely planted on the island of Sardinia, and though grown in other places, it seems Sardinia has the ideal Mediterranean climate and perfect terroir for producing this expressive and unforgettable wine.
For us eager amateurs, a definition of “Terroir”…
From The Wine Bible, author Karen MacNeil, “Terroir, French term for the sum entity and effect (no single word exists in English) of a vineyard’s soil, slope, orientation to the sun, and elevation, plus every nuance of climate: rainfall, wind, velocity, frequency of fog, cumulative hours of sunshine, average high temperatures ,average low temperatures, and so on. Each vineyard is said to have it’s own Terroir”
It’s elusive to pronounce, but of course, and also very beautiful, when you think about it……..oui?
By the way, Vermentino is called “Rolle” in France, and is the secret ingredient in some of Provence’s top rated Rose’s. (and you’re reading the musings of a French Rose’ fan )…yet I think Italy has stolen my heart, for now…
And it WAS unforgettable …
Here are those tasting notes I promised you.
It’s a pale straw-yellow color in the glass with hints of green around the edges. On the nose I got some tropical fruits, although very delicately. My first taste was SO unexpected. I tasted pear, pineapple, and some lemony zest, and for a fraction of a second I thought it was going to be sweet. It wasn’t ! The wine was crisp and dry, with this wonderful minerality, green apple, fresh herb finish, that both surprised and delighted me. In fact everything about this wine did that! Refreshing and absolutely delicious!
What to pair with this wine?
I first enjoyed this Vermentino on a warm Maui afternoon with cheese, crackers, and grapes, but have since enjoyed it with shrimp ravioli topped with chunks of mango,and smoked Marlin dip…MOLTO DELIZIOSO !!
You can find this wine on Maui at Tamura’s Wine’s & Spirits.
Tamura’s has a shop in Kihei, and in Kahului, with a really great selection of wines from around the world.
It runs around $14.00, and is quite a deal at that.
I am so smitten with this wine, and on a mission to taste and discover more about Vermentino … someone has to do it!!
I can’t wait to share this wine with friends again, and soon !!
Aloha and Cheers !!