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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)
Normal retail price: £100.77
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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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White. Lunae Colli di Luni, Italy Vermentino
Bottle: £11.80 club members / £14.23 non-members
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.
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White. Guado al Tasso - Marchesi Antinori Bolgheri, Italy Vermentino
Bottle: £11.74 club members / £13.86 non-members
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.
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White. Capichera Vermentino di Gallura, Italy Vermentino
Bottle: £19.61 club members / £22.29 non-members
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.
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