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SommSelect: Cantina Gallura, Genesi, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Superiore Sardinia, Italy 2012 - SommSelect

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Cantina Gallura, Genesi, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Superiore Sardinia, Italy 2012


The Mediterranean coastline in Italy is home to some of the most gorgeous scenery you will ever see in your life. Stretching west from its central coast lies the paradise of Sardinia—a small, but culturally diverse island whose rich winegrowing history has produced some of the most celebrated white wines in all of Italy. In the granite laden hills in the interior of this island, the Vermentino grape variety expresses itself in a truly poetic form. When you taste this wine, you will see why.


Today’s wine is made with the Vermentino grape variety that is grown in the Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. This appellation is located on the northeastern edge of Sardinia’s rugged landscape and is the only DOCG on the entire island, a designation that is usually only given to the best appellations in Italy. Vermentino is a grape variety that is said to be native to Spain and likely introduced to Sardinia in the early 1700s, when the Spanish Kingdom of Aragon ruled the island for several hundred years. Although many other winegrowing regions across several countries produce Vermentino, not many can rival the quality produced in Sardinia. The beautiful expressions of this varietal undoubtedly impress even the toughest critics. Year after year, small wineries and even cooperatives produce award winning Vermentino at deliciously affordable prices. 

Cantina Gallura is a winery cooperative who purchases grapes from over 150 small local winegrowing families on the island. Many have holdings so small that they would make only a miniscule amount of wine, which would be nearly impossible to market themselves. With production from over 600 acres of vineyards, the cooperative is able to work with a wide range of terroir and support hundreds of local farmers, making many different varietals. Their best bottling is without a doubt the Vermentino from the Genesi single vineyard in the San Lenardo Valley. In this valley, the natural environment is full of life: rustic hillsides of vineyards are surrounded by ancient stone architecture, hardy livestock grazes the green bluffs, locals work the land in various capacities, and century old olive trees provide shade on hot summer afternoons. It is here, near the town of Luras, that the vineyards are planted in nutrient deficient, granite based soils; this soil composition severely reduces the quantity of grapes each vine produces, thereby increasing the quality and intensity of flavor in the grapes. The coastal influence makes for a large diurnal shift in temperature, keeping the acidity and crispness fresh, though steady spring and summer sunshine allow the grapes to ripen with delicious flavors with full body. The way this wine fills the palate with such roundness is incredible.

The 2012 Genesi has a light golden yellow core moving to slight greenish yellow reflections on the rim. The nose is exotic, floral and slightly tropical with notes of green papaya, dried peach, strawberry blossoms, lemon zest, rose petals, a hint of salinity and wet stone. The palate is slightly oily and has a wonderful depth of flavor with notes of white peach, citrus, melon rind, and a surprising slight strawberry flavor joining the minerality on the finish. This wine starts to come out of its shell after about thirty minutes open. Once the wine warms a bit, about cellar temp, it hits its sweet spot. If you have never made fritto misto, this is your chance; it is the ultimate appetizer with Vermentino.


Today’s wine is made with the Vermentino grape variety that is grown in the Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. This appellation is located on the northeastern edge of Sardinia’s rugged landscape and is the only DOCG on the entire island, a designation that is usually only given to the best appellations in Italy. Vermentino is a grape variety that is said to be native to Spain and likely introduced to Sardinia in the early 1700s, when the Spanish Kingdom of Aragon ruled the island for several hundred years. Although many other winegrowing regions across several countries produce Vermentino, not many can rival the quality produced in Sardinia. The beautiful expressions of this varietal undoubtedly impress even the toughest critics. Year after year, small wineries and even cooperatives produce award winning Vermentino at deliciously affordable prices. 

Cantina Gallura is a winery cooperative who purchases grapes from over 150 small local winegrowing families on the island. Many have holdings so small that they would make only a miniscule amount of wine, which would be nearly impossible to market themselves. With production from over 600 acres of vineyards, the cooperative is able to work with a wide range of terroir and support hundreds of local farmers, making many different varietals. Their best bottling is without a doubt the Vermentino from the Genesi single vineyard in the San Lenardo Valley. In this valley, the natural environment is full of life: rustic hillsides of vineyards are surrounded by ancient stone architecture, hardy livestock grazes the green bluffs, locals work the land in various capacities, and century old olive trees provide shade on hot summer afternoons. It is here, near the town of Luras, that the vineyards are planted in nutrient deficient, granite based soils; this soil composition severely reduces the quantity of grapes each vine produces, thereby increasing the quality and intensity of flavor in the grapes. The coastal influence makes for a large diurnal shift in temperature, keeping the acidity and crispness fresh, though steady spring and summer sunshine allow the grapes to ripen with delicious flavors with full body. The way this wine fills the palate with such roundness is incredible.

The 2012 Genesi has a light golden yellow core moving to slight greenish yellow reflections on the rim. The nose is exotic, floral and slightly tropical with notes of green papaya, dried peach, strawberry blossoms, lemon zest, rose petals, a hint of salinity and wet stone. The palate is slightly oily and has a wonderful depth of flavor with notes of white peach, citrus, melon rind, and a surprising slight strawberry flavor joining the minerality on the finish. This wine starts to come out of its shell after about thirty minutes open. Once the wine warms a bit, about cellar temp, it hits its sweet spot. If you have never made fritto misto, this is your chance; it is the ultimate appetizer with Vermentino.







Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Sub-Region Vermentino di Gallura
Varietal Vermentino
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak None
Soil Granite
Farming Sustainable
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Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Sub-Region Vermentino di Gallura
Varietal Vermentino
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak None
Soil Granite
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Cantina Gallura, Genesi, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Superiore Sardinia, Italy 2012 - SommSelect SommSelect: Cantina Gallura, Genesi, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Superiore Sardinia, Italy 2012 - SommSelect

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