Venturing Vermentino

Open up your repertoire with an alternative spring white

 


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Venturing Vermentino
As the weather warms up I know we'll all be reaching for more white wines. The question, of course, is which whites will those be? Are we all going to be predictable and reach for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and the occasional oddball, or is it time to begin to think outside the box?
 
If we take our cue from producers worldwide, we might want to begin thinking a bit more about Vermentino. I recently sampled Vermentino from Oregon, North Carolina, Australia and Lodi, California, as well as Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany, where the wines are more typically produced.
 
That’s a wide expanse, but Vermentino is well-suited to being produced globally, being a vine that tends towards good vigor, even in times when the season is less than ideal. The grape tends to ripen in mid-season, retaining considerable acidity (modest acidity even when grown in warmer climates) and displaying trademark citrus flavors and aromas in a medium-bodied style that work wonderfully at revealing terroir.

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Spring Whites: Vermentino

1.
Troon Vineyard Vermentino Foundation Applegate Valley Or (1972)
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2.
Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi (2010)
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3.
Colle Dei Bardellini Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente (2011)
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4.
Nuraghe Crabioni Vermentino di Sardegna (2011)
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5.
Yalumba Vermentino Langhorne Creek Y Series (2011)
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6.
Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino (2011)
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