TUSCANY: Beautifully rich yet delicate aromatic white with ripe pear and spice
See PETER RANSCOMBE’S review below (SCOTTISH FIELD)
Castello Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2019
I’m a big fan of Banfi’s vermentino. While the winery may be much better known for its Brunello reds, this white is made using a mix of grapes grown inland and on the coast. Vermentino is most closely-associated with the island of Sardinia, where it produces wines with a salty tang. I don’t usually find that with the Tuscan versions, but Banfi’s 2019 incarnation really stood out for me because it does indeed carry that almost salty finish, thanks to a higher proportion of coastal grapes in this vintage’s blend. Lovely honeysuckle aromas among the lemon sherbet on the nose and then plenty of juicy fruit on the palate to balance its shellfish and seafood-friendly high acidity.