The ‘Thirst Quencher’

The ‘Thirst Quencher’

A spirited Tuscan white today!

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Regular readers may know I have a soft spot for Vermentino, the Italian white. This grape thrives on Sardinia but also other Italian spots, namely Sicily and the Tuscan coast. That’s where today’s example is from. It’s Calasole Vermentino from the Rocca Di Montemassi estate. Vermentino must be fully ripened to show off its complexity and versatility – and today’s example, from 2016, oozes just that. From the seaside region of Maremma, it’s a wine that will bring a smile to your lips and a burst of flavor to your palate. A fine value as well.

2016 Vermentino “Calasole” Rocca Di Montemassi $15 srp

A light, brilliant golden color. A bracing nose of honeyed lemon peel and grapefruit accentuates its ripeness and highlights the intensity. Extremely inviting and invigorating. Flavors are crisp, cutting and super clean. Stone fruits meld with citrus to create an exhilarating flavor. With a very dry and brisk aftertaste, it’s a perfect thirst quencher for those 90-degree days at the beach. Try with the daily catch, ceviche, or an almond and herb couscous salad. Drink now.

89/90 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.