In the hot days of July, it’s always nice to find a white wine that has a good amount of flavor that isn’t heavy and laden with oak. One such wine is vermentino. In general, vermentino is a dry, crisp, and herbal white wine from the Mediterranean Islands of Corsica and Sardinia, as well as the Ligurian-Tuscan coastline of Italy. The Argiolas 2012 Costamolino is from Sardinia and is made from 100% Vermentino grapes. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, which helps to emphasize the fruit. The color is somewhere between deep yellow and green. Often described as light and crisp, I find this wine certainly crisp, but I believe it has more heft than other so called light bodied, Italian white wines.
Aromas of fresh peach, herbs (maybe basil?) and a smidgen of honey continue on the palate with great balance and acidity. This wine also has a nice, well rounded mouthfeel with a citrus finish. It is a perfect warm weather aperitif but pairs very well with fish and shellfish dishes. Try it with linguini and white clam sauce with plenty of freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano, ground black pepper, with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon.