Venturing Vermentino

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2011 Colle Dei Bardellini Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente 11.5% $15

A touch rubbery on the nose, with a classic hint of pencil eraser that I associate with Pigato. Hints of herbs, and slightly smoked fruits, lemons and pineapple add some complexity to the nose. In the mouth, there is an earthy minerality under rather rich fruit, with hints at grapefruit pith and under-ripe pineapple fruit. Pigato is often referred to as Vermentino in wine circles, but the wines do show a character that is different than most Vermentino. At best it may be a specific clone of Vermentino, but is best considered as a distinct wine. 88 points


Spring Whites: Vermentino

Troon Vineyard Vermentino Foundation Applegate Valley Or (1972)
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Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi (2010)
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Colle Dei Bardellini Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente (2011)
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Nuraghe Crabioni Vermentino di Sardegna (2011)
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Yalumba Vermentino Langhorne Creek Y Series (2011)
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Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino (2011)
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  • Snooth User: Mark Suss
    951226 137

    Came across the Uvaggio last summer and it was delicious. Great intro to the grape.

    Apr 02, 2013 at 4:15 PM

  • Snooth User: sing4you
    316848 1

    I'm a little confused. I've registered with my Texas zip code, but when I click the link to find a particular wine, I'm given stores in New Jersey. That's a bit of a schlep, I think.

    Apr 03, 2013 at 10:10 AM

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