Orvieto – 2003 Az. Agr. Vallesanta di Barberani Classico

orvieto Yes, I’m starting tasting notes for wine, and I’m publishing them here so I have them readily available when I wish to compare and contrast.

That being said, these tastings are my opinions only and should not be considered recommendations or critiques…yet. My palate is limited, but I’m very willing to develop it in front of the food blog reading public (i.e. you guys).

My first official tasting is an 2003 Orvieto from Azienda Agricola Vallesanta di Barberani. My reason for this choice is probably fairly apparent to anyone who follows this blog on a regular basis: It’s an Umbrian wine. Even more specifically, it’s from Orvieto.

Orvieto, as a wine, comes from the grapes of the Procanico, Verdello, Malvasia, Grechetto and Drupeggio varieties. It can be made either dry (Secco) or sweet (amabile). If you know my tastes, you probably can guess that I’ve picked the amabile. The serving temperature is 45-50 F.

Much like Chianti, the Classico tends to be better than the standard orvieto. The bottle I had is indeed classico. Cost to me? About 12 bucks.

Eyes: The color is a pale golden yellow with only a slight tinge of green. The rim (where the wine meets the glass, remember?) is translucent again with only a slight tinge of green. Giving it a swirl reveals nice legs, which take a second or two to get back to the wine. Not as thick as riesling, the legs are still quite prevelant.

Nose: Sticking my snoot into the glass, the aroma is that of stale grass. That’s a best as I can describe it. I have a feeling it will take a while for me to be able to fully discern what a winery is trying to develop.

Taste: Undeniably sweet with a bit of tartness, it comes across as a bite of a granny smith apple, a not unpleasant taste. It holds the tongue nicely (unlike a riesling, which tends to roll off like a juice), but it’s finish is rather quick. There’s no lingering aftertaste, either good or bad. From what I’m lead to believe, a good wine has a lengthened finish, so this might be a bit of a ding against the wine.

Overall: Not bad. If I see it on a menu, I won’t turn it down. Not overly complex of a wine. I’d put it in rotation of purchases if I was so inclined…and I am.

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