Some of my favorite white wines are dry, minerally-tinged zesty wines from Italy. In my opinion, you can find many solid Italian white wines, outside of pinot grigio, in the $10 – $20 range. Falanghina, vermentino, Orvieto and Arneis are just a few of the Italian varieties that I find can be very intriguing, fun and light-hearted, but serious at the same time.
This Toscana Bianco is a blend comprised of 50% vermentino, 30% malvasia and 20% chardonnay. Its an off-beat blend that made for a unique and intriguing wine.
There was weight, minerality and a firm acid structure that allowed it to pair very well to our usual Mediterranean dinner fare.
The fruit component of the wine consisted mostly of barely ripe, almost green citrus fruit flavors. I want to say that the flavors leaned more towards the rind of the fruit rather than the pulp and juice flavors. Complementing the bitter citrus flavors however were a juxtaposition of lush tropical fruit that helped balance everything out.
This is another wine from a great import portfolio called Small Vineyards Imports, which is based in the Seattle, Washington area. They carry some really good artisan crafted Italian wines in their portfolio. I paid aprroximately $14 for this bottle of wine.