Sunday, December 11, 2011

2010 Duchman Vermentino

In the midst of taking a short break from the study of French wines, I decided to "go local" tonight for dinner with some gulf coast shrimp and Texas wine. The 2010 Duchman Vermentino inspired me to make broiled peppered shrimp with penne pasta in a Romano cream sauce with fresh basil (sadly, the last of the fresh basil grown outdoors until Spring). 
Vermentino is a white grape primarily grown in Italy; it is also known as Pigato and Favorito. My expectation for a wine produced from this grape was a crisp, acidic, dry white wine with citrus and an herbal (primarily basil) note.                                  
The 2010 Duchman Vermentino is made exclusively from Texas grapes at the Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Texas. They provide a tasting note on the back label which I resisted looking at until after I wrote my own. Interestingly, I wrote a very similar note. I give them Kudos for their truth in labeling.
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, Medium+ intense aromas of lime blossoms and lime zest with a hint of jasmine.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol, high acid with flavors of lime and pear.
Quality: Good+ Drink now, not intended for aging.
Price: approximately $14
This wine is a great alternate option for the Pinot Grigio drinker. Pair it with seafood and pasta in cream sauce. Recommended.