Pieve di Spaltenna Vermentino 2016

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Toscana IGP

Without question, Vermentino is the next big thing coming out of Italy. Our winemaker friends are planting more and more of this in-demand white sensation, and we’re delighted to give you insider access to one of the best we’ve recently tasted.

It’s crafted at historic Castello di Meleto by Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini, the dynamic team whose wines regularly score international golds and 90+ Parker points. They hand-harvested the grapes from an older patch of Vermentino growing near their estate in Gaiole (the ancient heart of Chianti Classico, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli is said to have developed the first Chianti Classico grape “recipe” in 1872).

Matteo and Emiliano hurried the grapes back to the winery to preserve the grape’s ultra-fresh aromas and flavors. To add a hint of toastiness, a portion of the finished wine was aged briefly in oak barriques before bottling. You’re in for vibrant yellow peach and lemon flavors, with hints of honeysuckle and apple blossom, plus a zippy mineral edge that’ll have you reaching for a second glass.

At dinnertime, this juicy Tuscan Vermentino will really shine with seafood or white meats. Try poached lobster, mahi-mahi filets or cioppino, an Italian-American fish stew with a tomato-based broth. Lemon-herb chicken casseroles or apricot-stuffed pork tenderloin would also be tasty.

Get your orders in soon – this is one stylish Vermentino that’s not going to last long in our cellar!