Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rating: ****- 2005 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna, Italy

Review: It's a wild, rainy day here in the northeast... makes me feel like trying a crisp white wine. ThisVermentino shows a pretty, subtle light golden green in its clear bottle, and displays a more honey-like color in the glass. When swirling slightly to aerate, gobs of sweet grass aromas come barreling out of the glass, with a brightness suggesting high acidity. On the palate, creamy sweetness is the first impression, with subtle elements of lemon grass lifting up through the honey. The finish first appears quick and clean, but then the sweetness returns with additional, subtle pineapple fruit returning in the lengthier -- even somewhat complex -- finish. Wonderful experience overall. It's just not quite distinctive enough to warrant a full four stars, thus the minus.

For comparison, Robert Parker gave it 91 points and said, "The delicate straw color of the 2005 Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna is followed by beautiful aromas of almonds, oranges, lemon, honey, apple skins, and a hint of tropical fruits. This crisp, elegant, medium-bodied, intense white should be enjoyed over the next year."

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