This white from the northeastern corner of Sardinia is very pale gold, offering aromas of herbs and sweet fresh hay. Vermentino is widely planted in Sardinia; it's a vigorous vine that needs lean soil to shine. In the northern reaches of Gallura—the only region on Sardinia with DOCG status—it has to struggle to live, and this produces a complex, textured wine that's redolent of the region's scrubby herbs.
This specimen is lightly alcoholic but still juicy and vibrant, with melon and citrus flavors and a lingering finish that's spicy but not too hot. It would be very food-friendly: it's clean and not overly aromatic, and it cleanses the mouth with its good acidity.
Not a drama queen, and such a deal for $8.