Vermentino is part of a love affair we have with a favorite trilogy of white Italian grapes that all begin with the same letter: Vermentino, Verdicchio and Vernaccia. Vermentino is primarily grown on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, but has become so popular that it is now cultivated in many other areas, including Tuscany.
Elianto is produced by the Castelli del Grevepesa, a small co-operative owned by 18 grape growers, established in 1965. The wines that typically come out of these producers represent the finest value in wine. Small grape growers can't afford their own winery, but 18 of them can afford an amazing winery, and that's how it's done.
Another important consideration is that, by pooling their resources, the growers have so many lots of grapes to choose from that they can cherry-pick the best of the lot to produce the best wines possible.
The grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted to pick out only the healthiest to be crushed. They are then gently pressed to release only the first run of the juice, which has the least contact with the skins and seeds. This technique, though expensive, assures the freshness of the wine.
The result is a lively offering with lilting hints of white peach, rose petals and lime zest. The wine is generous, with an exotic aroma and complex flavors that run around on your tongue but know just where to land.
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