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2015 Lumassina

Punta Crena

2015 Lumassina Punta Crena - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Here comes Ligurian refreshment at its absolute best. Grown on steep terraces clinging to the cliffs above the Mediterranean, these native Lumassina grapes make a wine that weighs in around 11% alcohol, with a slight spritz, salty tang, and crisp green apple and star fruit to boot. Richard Olney would have affectionately referred to this type of wine as “mouth rinse,” a palate perker to enjoy before the real apéritif arrives. I have to assume that the name of the grape has its root in “luminous” or luminoso, as this wine lights up the senses!

Dixon Brooke

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Lumassina
Appellation: Colline Savonesi
Country: Italy
Region: Liguria
Producer: Punta Crena
Winemaker: Tommaso Ruffino & Family
Vineyard: 11 - 21 years, 1 ha
Soil: Silt
Aging: Wines spend two months on the lees
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 11%

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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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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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