Rocca Delle Macìe Vermentino Maremma Toscana IGT Occhio a Vento 2009
Simply fascinating. Almost no stereotypical Italian traits. In a blind tasting I would guess a Barbera from California. Big fruit bomb without the oak-y cream or vanilla. Like pure fruit. Sour fruity acidity to the core. Like melted warheads candy. I have never had anything like this before. This is a must try. not much aging potential due to lack of tannin so drink up. Like Barberas, this goes terrific with pizza.Add winemaker's notes
Simply fascinating. Almost no stereotypical Italian traits. In a blind tasting I would guess a Barbera from California. Big fruit bomb without the oak-y cream or vanilla. Like pure fruit. Sour fruity acidity to the core. Like melted warheads candy. I have never had anything like this before. This is a must try. not much aging potential due to lack of tannin so drink up. Like Barberas, this goes terrific with pizza.
This is a slightly above average wine, not a great one but nice. Light and fruity, it was very easy to drink. It went well with Rosemary marinated grilled beef and roasted potatoes. Worth trying at an Italian ristorante
Really nice with any Italian food.
I purchased three bottles of this wine... the first I had without food and it held up well as a nice entertaining bottle consumed with friends... But this wine is really better served with food, especially any risotto dish with mushrooms. Any scallopini of chicken or veal with this vintage is the oyster's ice skates and an extremely enjoyable pairing. Salute!
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"Occhio a Vento" Vermentino 2009 - 87 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Here’s a crisp, satisfying Tuscan white at a great low price. Occhio a Vento offers grassy notes of dried hay or garden herb backed by citrus, melon and Golden Delicious apple.
The late Italo Zingarelli, a highly-acclaimed Italian film producer best known for his classic spaghetti westerns, purchased Rocca delle Macìe properties in Castellina in Chianti in 1973 and thus embarked on a career as one of Chianti Classico’s more unlikely wine producers. Thanks to his dedication and passion and that of his son Sergio, who now oversees the property, Rocca delle Macìe has become one of Tuscany’s leading wine estates. Rocca delle Macìe Vermentino di Toscana, “Occhio a Vento”(eye of the wind) is a local reference to the warm, dry Mediterranean sea breezes that influence the Casamaria vineyard in Maremma, source of this Vermentino, fostering the development of a distinctive freshness and minerality in the grapes. Production Area Grapes come exclusively from Rocca delle Macie’s 15-hectare Casamaria estate in Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region. Grape Varieties 100% Vermentino Vinification Select ripe grapes undergo cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is left to rest on its lees for 2-3 months before bottling to enhance aromatic complexity. Color Pale straw gold with light green reflections Bouquet Aromatic and refreshing, with notes of fresh citrus fruit and wild herbs Taste Flavors of ripe peach and lemon sorbet are accented by intriguing notes of wild herbs, concluding in a lingering finish Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions This versatile red wine is a splendid companion for spicier dishes, all types of grilled, roasted and barbecued red meats and hearty stews.
Occhio a Vento Vermentino 2009 - 4 Stars, Restaurant Wine/ Supple, full bodied, and well balanced, this is a fine Vermentino, with firm acidity, and a long finish, tasting of pear, lime, roasted nut, and lemon.
"Occhio a Vento" Vermentino 2011 - 87 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Occhio a Vento, which means “eye to the wind,” is an affordable, easy-drinking Vermentino that shows very crisp aromas of cut grass, kiwi, citrus, green apple and peach. There’s a nice touch of mineral dryness on the finish.
"Occhio a Vento" Vermentino 2014 - 90 Points, JamesSuckling.com/ A rich and layered white with mangoes and hints of walnuts. Full body, bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now.
Occhio a Vento 2007 - The New York Times/ Light and crisp with aromas of flowers, lemon and herbs. Vermentino has much to offer, whether as a crisp, tangy accompaniment to seafood – fritto misto would be ideal – or as a richer, more complex wine with a distinctively oily sort of texture.
"Occhio a Vento" Vermentino 2009 - Wine Spectator/ Offers dried grapefruit, with hints of pineapple and mineral. Medium-bodied, showing good fruit.