Italy – what a beautiful and hedonistic wine country! It provides wine lovers with so many distinctive, unique flavors and styles. Wines full of verve and creativity. Key to understanding Italy is to understand that it is a group of regions rather than a single homogeneous country. From the heady, often sweet, ferments of the deep south to the delicate sub-alpine essences of the north. Italian white wines, made from a range of indigenous grape varieties of character and distinction, offer an attractive combination of fruit and refreshment. Here are examples of stunning white wines Italy has been making for some time now. Salute!
Maison Vevey Albert, Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle 2016
"Luminous pale straw-green. Fragrant lemon verbena and jasmine notes complement aromas of green apple and yellow apple. Fresh, juicy and nicely flavored; the silky texture is firmed by harmonious acidity and salinity. Elements of iodine and mint emerge along with hints of chlorophyll on the long finish. A very pretty, floral wine."
Grapes: Prie Blanc. Region: Vallee d'Aosta.
Maculan, Breganze Vespaiolo 2017
Pale yellow with light greenish hues, Vespaiolo offers notes of citrus, fresh herbs and lemon. The finish is framed by a refreshing, zesty acidity.
Grapes: Vespaiolo. Region: Veneto.
Vigneti Massa, Colli Tortonesi Terra Petit Derthona 2016
Straw yellow with golden reflections. The nose has pleasant citrus and almost chalky hints; in the mouth it is enveloping, with a notable acid-savory vein.
Grapes: Timorasso. Region: Piedmont.
Mastroberardino, NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2017
91 points Wine Spectator
"Fine and creamy, this elegant, light- to medium-bodied white leads with a waft of almond blossom that carries to the palate's baked nectarine, stony mineral, ground ginger and honey flavors. Offers a fresh, lingering finish."
Grapes: Greco di Tufo. Region: Campania (Amalfi Coast).
Ca' del Borgo, Chardonnay Friuli 2016
Aromas of mild white flowers, apples, bread crust, vanilla, and hints of lemon evolve into flavors of apricot and nectarine accompanied by a delightful freshness. Medium mouthfeel is balanced across the palate.
Grapes: Chardonnay. Region: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.
Cusumano, Insolia Sicily 2018
91 points James Suckling
"Light white flowers, citrus and spices. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a fruity, crunchy finish. Drink now."
Grapes: Insolia. Region: Sicily.