Vermentino classified as Toscana IGT, Italy; 13.5% ABV
imported by Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store some time in the last week. Still a little there.
On the first day open, I found this wine immediately likeable. It showed riper fruit of apple, lemon, with a healthy portion of acid, and some skin bitterness. It’s nicely smooth and delineated. Not extremely exciting, but more than just a quaffer. Pretty good for the price.
The next day, the flavors came out a bit more, but the wine was still well balanced: lemon, yellow apple and pear, wood with some complexity of mace or nutmeg. By “flavors,” I mean the ripe fruit, viscous acid, and wood / spice. I’d guess that if you like California Chardonnay that is ripe but on the more acid side, you’ll probably like this, too.