La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino (2009)
I’m allergic to shellfish, so when wine reviewers gush about wines that pair beautifully with the briny sea creatures, at best I tend to tune it out. At worst, it’s an actual turn-off. But Vermintino specifically is, as I’ve mentioned before, the Ligurian compliment to pesto, one of my all time favorite sauces. So, I try it when I can.
This particular one, interestingly enough, jumped out to me as something that would pair perfectly with shellfish. Even though I don’t actually eat shellfish, so I don’t really know what they even taste like to someone who can stomach them. However, this wine had a briny minerality that carried through from nose to finish, that actually reminded me of the ocean. It didn’t taste like the ocean, of course, which would be nasty, but it did have the essence of the sea running through its veins.
It was interesting and delicious. Lots of crisp, ripe lemon and lime flavors, and that minerality. It wasn’t bitter though, as some wines with this flavor profile can be. It has just enough sweetness to carry through.
Lemon/lime on the nose with a touch of slate. More citrus on the palate, with just a hint of candied peel. Very mineral, almost sea-salty type essence on the finish. Pleasant.