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2016 Mataòssu “Vigneto Reiné”

Punta Crena

2016 Mataòssu “Vigneto Reiné” Punta Crena - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Mataòssu is molto resistente,” Paolo Ruffino told me last summer. Resistente in the sense that wines from this near-extinct white grape are highly resistant to oxidation—the 2011 vintage is tasting superb today, and the 1999, shockingly, shows nary a trace of evolution. Fortunately, one need not wait to enjoy the fruit of these vines planted in 1934. The new vintage is full of herbal, citrusy refreshment, offering a waxy texture and a crisp, saline finish.

Anthony Lynch

$28.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Mataòssu
Appellation: Colline Savonesi
Country: Italy
Region: Liguria
Producer: Punta Crena
Winemaker: Paolo Ruffino
Vineyard: 86 years, 0.9 ha
Soil: Silt
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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