I haven’t done an Italian wine in a while, what with the holidays, the start of Well Fed, and now the Super Bowl. But I think it’s time to get back to the business of discovering Italy, one glass and a dish at a time.
I mentioned this wine in the post below about wine-searcher.com, as I have been looking for a Ligurian wine for over three months now, and could only get one via that web site.
Made from a blend of the local grapes Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola, Cinque Terre is a fish wine, there’s no two ways about it. This is not all that surprising when you understand that Liguria is a big fish region. This white wine has clearly evolved to compliment the seafood that’s popular in this region of Italy.
Eyes: A nice golden color, with a tint of amber (as opposed to some whites that have a tint of green). The rim is translucent and when given a swirl, the wine flows quickly back down the side of the glass.
Nose: I typically hate using the word “bold”, as it doesn’t provide a context. Suffice to say that when sniffed, this wine struck me as more aromatic than the majority of whites, carrying a strong citrus aroma.
Taste: Quite delicious. The taste than came to my mind was that of grapefruit, including the acidity that is the hallmark of the fruit. The flavor then finishes strong, with the alcohol making its presence known.
Overall: A very nice wine, one that I would try most certainly try again. Many people had said that Cinque Terre can be hit or miss, and I would be willing to see if that occurs.