Under $20 Value Wine Pick – 2008 Corte Gardoni Bianco di Custoza, Veneto, Italy

Winery: Corte GardoniCorteGardoni

Bottling: 2008 Bianco di Custoza (40% Garganega, 20% Trebbiano Toscano, 15% Trebbianello, 25% Various local varieties)

Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Region: Italy

Sub-Region: Custoza, Veneto

Estimated Retail Price: $13

Purchase Details: Purchased directly from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, California for $12.95 plus tax.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, a very pale straw, yellow hue.  Aromas of banana, white peach.  An immediate acid attack on the palate, followed by flavors of banana, dried pineapple, apple and a slightly bitter lemon rind finish.  This wine has a light body and an underlying creaminess that’s really interesting.

This is a white wine with some surprising substance and complexity that you wouldn’t expect in this price range.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Zippy, zesty and lively, and meant to be drunk with anything from the sea.  Throw this in any old glass, lay back in that hammock of yours and proceed to gulp away.

Winery & Other Background Information: The DOC of Custoza is one that I am not familiar with, but am glad that I’ve discovered.  Of course leave it to Kermit Lynch to find a gem like this in some far off corner near the Bardolino DOC in eastern Veneto.  If you like dry Italian whites like those from Orvieto, you’ll surely appreciate this wine as well.

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