Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015 Front Label
Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015 Front Label

Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015

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Winemaker Notes

Pale yellow. Delightfully fresh with an intense fruit forward bouquet of exotic fruit and spices typical of the Mediterranean coast. Fresh, crisp with well-balanced acidity and clean finish.
Lovely as an aperitif, ideal with seafood, salads, sandwiches and vegetable dishes.

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James Suckling
This vermentino shows a dried papaya and green apple character with medium body, pretty fruit and a bright finish.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
For decades, Vermentino has been one of my top white wines. Great with lighter foods, this grape variety seldom overpowers whichever entrées are on the table. The 2015 Banfi Vermentino shows excellent ripe, tropical, and exotic fruit flavors. The best surprise with this wine is its wonderful freshness and lively acidity in the finish. (Tasted: January 26, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Banfi was founded in 1978 thanks to the will of the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani. From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.

Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

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One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

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A fantastic, aromatic white grape whose best wines come from a northeastern corner of Sardinia in a region called Gallura. Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, despite its light body, can be decidedly complex. Vermentino also enjoys success in Tuscany and in lesser proportions, grows on the island of Corsica.

In the Glass

Common flavors associated with this wine include pear, white peach, grapefruit, lime zest, fresh almond and crushed rocks. It is dry but fruity with a bright finish. Sardinian producers like to pick early to retain lively acidity but a fuller style has also become popular.

Perfect Pairings

Vermentino does well paired with fresh and simple seafood dishes, pesto, grilled fennel and light appetizers.

Sommelier Secret

Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Ligurian’s Pigato grape and Piedmont's Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France, namely Provence, where it is called Rolle. If you're a fan of Sauvignon blanc, Albariño or Grüner Veltliner, a Vermentino in any of its guises, would be a great pick for you.

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