White Wine – Italy
Legato Grillo, Sicily (13.0% abv)
Grillo is an indigenous grape variety of Sicily, it thrives in the hot, dry climate of the island. Abundantly aromatic with lush notes of apricot, lemons and herbs. This Legato is the result of a partnership between a family of winemakers from Lombardia and another family of vineyard owners from Marsala in Sicily.
“Bianca” Barbera Op Pavese IGT Castello di Cigognola, Pavese, 2013, Lombardia
The Castello di Cigognola stands among the hills of the Oltrepò Pavese, in the area once known as “Old Piedmont”. Owners Gian Marco and Letizia Moratti, together with oenologist Riccardo Cotarella produce wonderful balanced wines. Bianca is soft pale yellow, very delicate but intense with a floral hint. Beautifully balanced with a spicy hint. Great stuff!
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2014 Classico Superiore “Conscio”, Castellaro de San Quirico, Marche (13.0% abv)
Founded in 1983 by Angelo Accadia, this winery makes only Verdicchio and has a yield much lower than is normal in the area. Grapes are harvested by hand, followed by a soft pressing. The tasting notes: “Seductive notes of lychee, honey-suckle, peach, almonds and spearmint fill the nose. Medium bodied, the wine has fresh acidity, with a pleasing, caressing mouth feel” – wow! Apart from all that it tastes great, it’s fresh not too dry and scored highly when we first tasted it.
Falanghina “Caulino” 2014, Campania IGT, Fattoria Alois, Campania (13.0% abv)
The Alois family is probably better known for their fabrics which hang in the Louvre and the White House but Michele Alois makes superb wines on the slopes of the Caiatini Hills on the outskirts of Caserta, just North of Napoli. The vineyards are planted in volcanic soil and have their own micro climate being fairly close to the sea and the river Vulturno. The wine is yellow straw in colour, has a delicate nose and is dry fresh and smooth. It scored a 9/10 in our tasting!
“Tropie” Vernaccia di San Giminiano DOCG Il Lebbio, San Giminiano, 2014, Toscana,
Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a DOCG centered around the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, South of Florence. Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first DOC in Italy, having received that status in 1966, being elevated to a DOCG in 1996. Up to 10% of Chardonnay may be added to the Vernaccia and “Tropie” is dry, golden, medium bodied and aromatic.