This is a brand new wine from a well-known winery and in a bottle shape many of you will recognize from their rosé fizz. This, however, is still. Pale orange-peach hue and pretty much dry, with orange, pear butter, raspberry and a fine riff of spice on the medium-bodied (13 degrees) palate. Groppello, Barbera, Sangiovese and Marzemino from Lake Garda are partially crushed and partially macerated, with the each part fermented and aged separately in stainless for a few months on lees before the final blend. Though shorter on the finish, this is quite an elegant show and a welcome mature move from this classic Italian.
Bright and shining medium blush hue, this rustic and authentically-styled fuller-bodied saignée Negroamaro rosé is from the dry gravelly limestone and clay soils of Apulia. Earthy raspberry, cherry and strawberry jam make the middle, while orange-laced acidity and stony minerality brighten and season. Dry, bright and lengthy — and a welcome 13 degrees — this is a worthy pour for your best cioppino or grilled pork chops.
Clean, fresh and quite lemony, mineral, lightly herbal, soft acidity, bright salinity and a juicy, lingering finish. Sardinia is rich in native grape varieties and Nuragus is another that is gaining greater prominence on the island, though very little is currently exported.
Herbal aromas, mint, menthol and white balsamic, tropical fruit notes, slightly oily texture with soft acidity, the herbal character is quite concentrated. Pairs as well with whitefish as it does with roast pork.
Salty, minerally, fresh and delicious with savoury herbs, acacia blossoms, citrus fruit, lovely texture and a bright finish. The 2016 was also tasted and showed even more citrus, saltiness and was quite intense and penetrating. In the hands of this winery, Torbato is definitely a grape variety that more wine drinkers need to discover.
Clear medium gold. Robust nose of yeast, pineapple, gooseberry, tea, a hint of sherry. On the palate there are ripe pear flavours with herbal (coriander?) notes and a long slightly bitter finish. A versatile food wine, enjoyable with a Caprese salad and arugula pizza. Drink now.
Clear medium-deep gold with a touch of green. Medium nose of melon, peach and apricot and a drop of lemon juice. Medium-bodied, tasting of lemon and apricot with a fitting bite of acidity. Delicious accompanying smoked trout with arugula and grilled fennel. Drink up.