From the Italian Riviera

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The first of two wines we tasted on Sunday night came from a grape we hadn’t a lot of experience of – the Vermentino. Its origins are Mediterranean but could be Greece, Spain or Italy but all references generally agree on its aromatic qualities. This wine was from the north west of Italy, abutting the Tuscany region, in the Italian Riviera. It was the Liguria di Levante Colli de Luni DOC 2013 (13%), made of 90% Vermentino grapes.

It had a very pale green colour and even a slight spreckle was evident; there was also the evidence of weight in the wine, from the legs that slid down the glass. The aroma was certainly attractive and delicately floral with notes particularly of gentle elderflower blossom.

The palate was long with clean lines but medium-weight, the fruit being balanced by a chalkiness and minerality which made it refreshing. It was an obviously well-made wine and, like most coastal region wines, would be a great accompaniment to fish dishes. I thought it had the qualities tasted in Vinho Verde – a pleasant, easy drink which was well worth the £13 cost price.

[Richard: Italian whites are a blind spot for me – can’t recall ever tasting a vermentino before even in Italy. Good wine though but I now see that it cost £19 (WS) which is a bit ambitious and a price which would probably stop me repurchasing.]

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