2009 La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino

La Spinetta is a fabulous winery and they actually have three different wineries; two of which are located in Piedmont and the other in Tuscany. This Vermentino is a 100% Vermentino from the winery in Terricciola, Tuscany. The wine is aged for only four months in steel tanks on the lees.

On the nose I get a very savory and salty flavors of lemon oil, mineral, crushed rocks, tangerine blossom, and just a hint of rubber band. I smells very Italian or "old world" in the sense that it doesn't have big luscious fruit character and is predominantly soil driven.

On the palate the wine comes across with a nice round texture, but contains a very sharp acidity that cleans it up on the finish. I get flavors that remind me of mineral, lemon grass, tangerine, wet stone, and a hint of nutmeg and spice.

The wine is actually quite simple in nature, even though I did throw quite a bit of descriptors down. The honest truth is the wine isn't overly complex in nature, but delivers a solid effort that would be quite exceptional with seafood. 88 points

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