Friday, August 20, 2010
Three "Must Try" Italian Whites
Guidobono has been one of my best kept secrets for a few years now. This winery produces excellent Barbera, and Nebbiolo, but their Arneis is the star!. Arneis is often described as being highly aromatic with forward pear and apricot aromas; palate stimulating with it's generous, refreshing acidity; and also mouth-filling with aromas that pass straight into the flavor profile. This is an outstanding example of this grape variety and compares to wines costing much, much more...a terrific value!
2009 Guidobono Arneis: under $17
This is a 2009 vintage from Palagetto and it blew me away the first time I sampled it. Rarely does this varietal come packed with this much flavor and body. Typically, I find them bland, thin and lacking, but this one had exceptional flavors: great, tangy acidity and a nice array of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith.apple flavors.
2009 Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano: under $13
These two two grape varieties are perfectly suited to blending together. Vermentino typically suffers from underwhelming acidity with ripe Meyer Lemon-like fruit flavors and Verdicchio can often have an abundance of puckering acidity with green apple-like fruit flavors. Together, these varietals fold into each other to produce a very complex wine. This is a 50/50 blend and has not been barrel fermented.
2008 Falesco Vitiano Bianco: under $12