You like dry, stylish, rich, minerally white wines? Not the usual grape varieties? The 2011 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna (Sardinia), running about $16, will blow you away. What an elegant, well-balanced beauty. Minerality like slate rocks, tropical fruits, lime juice, lime zest, pineapple — it’s stacked with flavors. Argiolas is a premium winery on Sardinia off the west coast of Italy. Its wines are darlings of critics worldwide. No wonder, with master enologist Giacomo Tachis (think Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia) helping put this producer on the map. Vermentino is a late-ripening white grape widely planted in Sardinia. You taste this fine example and you crave just-caught seafood, smoked fish, feather-light pasta, smoked meats. A further note on price and availability around Detroit: I have a confirmed sighting of it at Plum Market in Ann Arbor for $12.97! In fact, it’s wine manager Rod Johnson’s favorite Vermentino.
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