Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wine Review: Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2014 Toscana

January is White Wine Month on!

For reasons I'm sure you'd understand, the wine reviews released this month were written in November and had to be done rather quickly. So you can still expect some shenanigans but not to the extent that you may be used to from me. This'll be quick and painless. Okay, maybe not painless. But January is jam packed with white wine (except for one lonely red at the very end) so HAPPY WHITE WINE MONTH! (PS: most of them are Italian)

VVVVVVVVERMENTINOOOOOOOO!!! Another Italian white wine starting with a V. There's gotta be like, what, two dozen of those? Vermentino is big on the island of Sardinia but also has plantings here and there on the Italian mainland and southern France. This one is from Tuscany and it's by Aia Vecchia, a winery located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci.

When I was opening the bottle I was singing "fat bottle with skinny neck" like Chris Farley singing "fat guy in little coat". In case you hadn't caught on yet, I'm not normal. But the bottle is fat. And the neck is skinny. So at least it made sense, which is rare for me. The label is simple and headlines with the varietal in gold, while understating the winery, region and vintage. It's got a small image of the old building the winery is named after. 

The back label says that it has a 13% ABV. It also states something that I wish more bottles did (especially non-vintage sparkling wine): WHEN IT WAS BOTTLED! That's fucking awesome. This one says L.01.15, the 01 not being the month but being the first bottling of 2015. One thing you won't find on the label is that it's 5% Viognier.

The color of the wine is a light straw yellow. It's grassy and herbal (is that cumin?) and salty and almost body-odorish on the nose. It's really light and watered down on the midpalate and really doesn't show any fruit until the moment you swallow, and then you get some pear and grapefruit. Then you're left with a finish of limestone and pear.

This just really isn't my thing, guys. It's not that I don't like light white wines, grassy and herbal aromas, or pear and grapefruit flavors. I love those things. But this just doesn't do it for me. I'll pass on drinking more of the bottle.

Price: $12
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive. (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge from Classic Wine Imports, and this was an unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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