Erné 2021 Costa Toscana Vermentino ($14.99)
Clear bright gold in color and made entirely from the local Vermentino grape, Erné Costa Toscana Vermentino breathes delicious tropical aromas: A whiff of banana oil at first gives way to an appealing mix of peach, pear, and pineapple. Dry, medium-bodied, and briskly acidic on the palate, flavors follow the nose and add a zippy citric squeeze of lime. Subtle rocky minerality joins in the chorus in a very long finish shaped by mouth-watering acidity. 13% acidity. U.S. importer: Skurnik Wines, NYC. (Aug. 24, 2023)
FOOD MATCH: This dry, aromatic wine is a natural with the fish and seafood that’s commonplace in its coastal region facing the Mediterranean’s Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s also good with mushroom dishes or simple pasta, like our choice, spaghetti with olive oil and lots of garlic.
WHEN TO DRINK: It’s delicious now but isn’t likely to benefit from aging. Drink it up and enjoy; the 2022 vintage is already coming into the market.
Wine-Searcher.com shows an $18 average U.S. retail, but it’s widely available in the $15 range, at which point it’s a very good value
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