June 2018 Selection

Vermentino, not just a vine

June 2018 Selection

Lunae Colli di Luni Vermentino Etichetta Nera 2017 (2 bottles)
Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Vermentino 2017 (2 bottles)
Capichera Vermentino di Gallura Vign'Angena 2016 (2 bottles)

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A native of various Italian Tyrrhenian regions, but also of Corsica, the southern French coast and other maritime regions of the world, the Vermentino is actually a, even if unsuspecting, international vine. There are few vines, in fact, which can so ably interpret the terroir in a multi-faceted way, adapting to soils and climates, even if usually Mediterranean, at various levels of richness and maturation. In Italy, Vermentino is typical of Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia. The constants, generally, are a slender body, fragrant minerality and good flavour. But in every Vermentino there is much more.

In the Riviera di Levante, towards the Colli di Luni, where it matures well, it has an aromatic structure and warmth, with beautiful fruity notes of peach. In Tuscany, along the coast and in the Bolgherese, there is breadth, olfactory complexity, mineral richness, an incredible completeness of the terroir. In Sardinia there is the sharp verticality of the soil, the savoury and unmistakable minerality of the sea.

A champion of summer pairings, Vermentino accompanies the traveller along some of the most famous beaches in Italy. Unbeatable with seafood, in the most complex versions, sometimes even refined, it should be tried with succulent first courses, filled pasta and main courses of white meat. A vine of uncertain origins (perhaps the Iberian Peninsula, according to some even Madeira) and the rather obscure etymology, Vermentino, apparently so slender and frank, has in reality a thousand faces. Let's start with these three!

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Lunae Colli di Luni Vermentino Etichetta Nera 2017 (2 bottles)

White. Lunae Colli di Luni, Italy Vermentino

Bottle: £11.80 club members / £14.23 non-members


The "definitive" Vermentino of the Colli di Luni, between Liguria and Tuscany, where the sea, but also the beautiful hills that drop away between the two regions, give this vine a unique personality, a broad richness and an incredibly aromatic softness. Between the maritime and the hills of Lunigiana and the Apuan Alps, Etichetta Nera is one of the most enchanting Italian whites of.

Even though aged only in steel, it has an irresistible straw yellow colour, dotted with gold, of an exceptional and persuasive brilliance. But the great persuasiveness of the leader of the Bosoni house is the aroma. The typically floral hints of broom and the equally characteristic ones of aromatic herbs, are accompanied by a strong and unmistakable fruity sub-plot that is the trademark of Vermentino di Lunae. And what stands out is a full and enveloping note of ripe peach, which is the ideal contrast to the elderberry, in light citrus, in the freshest sage fragrant.

The taste is of true class. Succulent but crisp, on the palate it is soft, harmonious, balanced, of highly refined elegance. These features confirm the Black Label as a wine of special occasions, not only summer and light. The persistence, which draws to mind the whole range of olfactory sensations, is satisfying, long and memorable.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2022.

Lunae Colli di Luni Vermentino Etichetta Nera 2017
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Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Vermentino 2017 (2 bottles)

White. Guado al Tasso - Marchesi Antinori Bolgheri, Italy Vermentino

Bottle: £11.74 club members / £13.86 non-members


The fruit from the Bolgheresi soils with a greater maritime and Tyrrhenian vocation, the Vermentino of Guado al Tasso is one of the most interesting expressions of the vine. Each vineyard parcel is in fact harvested individually, depending on the level of ripeness of the grapes, so as to create a wide selection of Vermentino lots with different aromas and gragrances.

Still greenish when young, but with incipient shades of straw to certify its good structure, the aroma of the Vermentino di Guado al Tasso turns out to be particularly citrus, with notes of passion fruit and candied fruit. Mineral and aromatic scents confirm the breadth of the olfactory palette and the care with which the vinification of Vermentino di Antinori house is produced, only in steel.

On the palette, even if, overall, the body is delicate and gentle, it nevertheless turns out to be warm as well as fresh and richly sapid. Mainly fruity but with a nice mineral backbone, its white colour expresses all the personality of the Maremma terroir, unleashing a precise and very central harmony, and surprising persistence, perfect paired with Mediterranean dishes which are light but broad and simple.

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2017
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Capichera Vermentino di Gallura Vign'Angena 2016 (2 bottles)

White. Capichera Vermentino di Gallura, Italy Vermentino

Bottle: £19.61 club members / £22.29 non-members


The word "Vign'Angena" in the Gallura dialect means "vineyard of others or foreign": this name had been chosen because initially it was produced with grapes from vineyards under management, which today, however, are owned. The Arzachena Winery is growing, but it holds limited quantities and places craftsmanship as shining lights of the production philosophy. It is, moreover, due to this company, governed majestically by the Ragnedda brothers, who are responsible for the growing strength of the Vermentino di Gallura, that the wine is the most important and appreciated white on the island.

Of pale straw-yellow in colour and of great clarity, the Vermentino DOCG of Capichera stands out for personality and character, without yielding to aromatic and structural excesses. It is, to all effects, a characteristic Vermentino, which expresses a rich and complex bouquet of hawthorn, iris, broom, jasmine and orange blossom. The mineral backbone is a continuous counterpoint to this floral and fruity palette, rightly rounded off by some hints of pear and peach.

The taste is fresh, broad, complex and enveloping, vertical and lively in its beautiful flavour. With a good body, it has a fulfilling fruity finish. Excellent for any meal, from the most demanding aperitif lovers. It is gorgeous accompanied with any fish-based dishes, and distinguishes itself with crustaceans, even with rich pasta sauces, including a classic: malloreddus.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Capichera Vermentino di Gallura Vign'Angena 2016
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