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Argiolas Vermentino Costamolino 2008

Winemaker: Antonio Argiolas
Grapes: 90% Vermentino, 10 % other local Sardinian grapes
Region: Sardinia, Italy

 In the past, Italian Sardinia was in our minds more associated with mafia, then with good wines. “Sardinia,” in the words of Hugh Johnson, “is a strange, timeless island adrift in the center of things and yet remote.”

Antonio, with his two sons Franco and Peppetto, have worked very hard to fulfill their commitment to become leaders in Sardinian enology. They were able to incorporate modern technology into their traditional winemaking process. Argiolas family’s innovative philosophy helped them achieve highest standards in quality of the wine.

2008 Vermentino Costamolino is made from 90% Vermentino and 10% of other local grapes, grown in their hillside vineyards in the areas of Pranu Sturru-Suelli, Costa Bancodi and Perda Campus-Selegas, about 190 metres above sea level.

After a hand harvest, grapes were vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Partial malolactic fermentation took off the acidic edge of the wine. It helped to bring out the elegance without sacrificing the typical freshness of Vermentino. This white has become a choice wine by the glass in Italy’s finest restaurants.

Tasting notes:
I haven’t had this wine for a few years, so I was excited to taste a new vintage. When I first smelled it, it reminded me of something from my childhood that I couldn’t remember. Later I figured it out – baked apples. Beautiful, intense aroma of Vermentino gave me notes of citrus, tropical fruits and baked apples with a hint of honey. Lovely aroma of this straw yellow wine, so typical for this grape varietal. Refreshing, with just perfect dose of zesty acidity, rich in fruit flavors.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak (partially)
Retail price: under $ 10.00

Ideal food pairing:
Excellent match to variety of dishes, from antipasti, pasta, salads to delicate risottos. Spicy cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Thai or sushi will work great with this wine as well.

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