For this wine, we’re heading off the mainland for the first time. The Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is the only DOCG region on the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian). The wine is grown in the northern part of the island, in the provinces of Olbia-Tempio and Sassari. Regulations require that wines from this DOCG be made from at least 95% of Vermentino, one of the most prominent white grapes on the island. Sardinia is somewhat unique in that it is relatively isolated from the rest of Italy. At 125 miles off the coast of the mainland, parts of Sardinian culture, wine included, have more in common with Corsica, the French island just 7 miles off Sardinia’s northern coast, and southern France than with Italy. Vermentino is an example of this. Though the grape is grown along the coast of the mainland, in Liguria in particular, it is often better known for being grown on Corsica and Provence, a wine region in southeast France, where it is known as Rolle.
This Vermentino di Gallura is made by Piras and is 100% Vermentino (common for many wines from this region). It is golden-yellow in color and has a pretty fragrant nose, with lots of floral notes. It is light bodied, with more floral notes, specifically orange blossom and a little rose, along with a hint of citrus on the palate. There is not a whole lot of acidity to it; overall it is a fairly simple wine. Good and very drinkable, but not overly complex. The finish has a bit of lingering acidity and tartness to it.