Perlato del Bosco Bianco 2019 Tua Rita
I had not tasted this wine in a couple of years, and I return to it now very pleasantly surprised. The Tua Rita 2019 Perlato del Bosco Bianco is a pure expression of Tuscany's white grape of the moment, Vermentino. In the not-too-distant pas, the Perlato del Bosco Bianco was a blend of Trebbiano, Ansonica and Vermentino, but more attention and expectations for the latter eventually transformed this into a monovarietal wine. Consulting winemaker Luca D'Attoma has shown excellent results with this grape here at Tua Rita and the other nearby estates he works with, but ultimately, the desire to focus solely on Vermentino is a something of a nostalgic sentiment that is shared on a visceral level by many producers along the Tuscan Coast. This vintage benefitted from a long and slow growing season, and the wine's aromas are particularly pronounced as a result, with those greenish kiwi fruit and honeydew melon tones that are so characteristic of this variety. There's a salty, seaside element as well that reflects limestone soils. The grapes were given plenty of time to take on this heightened level of intensity, and the mouthfeel is creamy and rich thanks to up to three months of fine lees aging and simple stainless steel winemaking. There's no sweetness there per se, but there is a lovely softness instead. The wine offers distinct richness and density, suggesting a pairing with a risotto al profumo di limone. Some 20,000 bottles were made, and this wine should hit the market in June 2020. This offers unbeatable value for summer quarantine drinking at home.