Tenuta la Ghiaia, Ithaa Vermentino (2011)
Location Falcinello, Doc Luni Hills
Regional District Liguria
Vineyards extension 11 hectars
ITG East Liguria’s Vineyard extension 1 hectar
Ground mixture of sand and silt with skeleton
Vine 100% Vermentino (over 40 years old vines)
Number of Bottles 2.500 bottles
The golden yellow colour and the thick clarity prelude to a wine of unusual cut. To the nose it opens with light reductive notes that are the prologue, after a few minutes of oxygen in a large glass, to an explosion of citrus and floral notes (bergamot, grapefruit, orange blossom) emerging from an iodized substrate. Embossing large rotations to the glass, mineral notes alternate to herb (thyme and rosemary) are exalted, to introduce us to the hot sensations of grapes in alcohol, clinging to sandalwood. The palate entry is sweet and warm, with hints of white peach pulp, apricot and sandalwood that evolve into elegant mineral notes, opening to the Vermentino typical bitter.
It has to be served in large glasses at a temperature of about 13%. The food combinations can be: the Catalan shrimps, codfish stew, the Livorno style cooked codfish, rabbit casserole with olives. Medium aged goat cheeses.
From the stylistic point of view Ithaa is exploring another side of Vermentino Colli di Luni, one deep and somewhat dark side, The Dark Side of the Moon Wine; so dark that when the wine is poured into the glass, it gives us an explosion of light.