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2015 Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino “Vigneto Isasco”

Punta Crena

2015 Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino “Vigneto Isasco” Punta Crena - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The Isasco vineyard sits on a plateau high up in the coastal mountains of Liguria, overlooking the small town of Varigotti and the expansive Mediterranean below. Thanks to the altitude, the vines benefit from cool nights that allow for slow ripening all the way until harvest in early October. The Vermentino grape thrives in this maritime setting. Sipping it evokes a fresh sea breeze, as if a current of air had picked up the Mediterranean’s brine, swept away the delicate aroma of white wildflowers, and brought these elements to the grape. The result is crisp with local charm and true Ligurian character.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Vermentino
Appellation: Riviera Ligure di Ponente
Country: Italy
Region: Liguria
Producer: Punta Crena
Winemaker: Tommaso Ruffino & Family
Vineyard: 16 - 31 years, 1.5 ha
Soil: Red Clay, Gravel
Aging: Wines spend four months on the lees
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Liguria

A long, crescent-shaped sliver of mountainous coastline ranging from the French border in the west to that of Tuscany in the east, Liguria is a region of unrivaled Mediterranean charm. This applies not only to its colorful seaside villages and carefree, welcoming people, but also to the wines it produces—crisp whites and light reds designed to be quaffed with locally caught seafood.

Viticulture has thrived along these coastal hillsides since Etruscan times. Ancient stone terraces line the steep slopes all along the Riviera, many abandoned while others still host olive trees, lemon trees, and of course, the vine. What Liguria lacks in acreage, it makes up for in diversity and originality: home to numerous indigenous grape varieties, it produces wines of infectious local character.

The hallmarks of Ligurian wines are fragrant aromatics and lively freshness. Whites from grapes like Vermentino and Pigato capture the pervasive flavors of wild herbs and citrus with a sea-breeze salinity, while the rare reds from Rossese, among others, have a brightness of flavor that allows them to complement dishes from the sea or land—served with a slight chill, of course.

While Kermit’s history in the region is relatively recent, Liguria has rapidly become one of his favorite places to visit. It’s hard to blame him—enjoying a crisp, perfumed white with a platter of fried sea critters on the Mediterranean is definitely not the worst part of the job.

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