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2017 Grillo Vitese, Colomba Bianca

2017 Grillo Vitese, Colomba Bianca
ref. COLO171 MAR19

Wine Variety: DNA profiling has shown almost beyond doubt that this is an indigenous Sicilian grape, although a variety grown in Liguria in north-west Italy, named Rossese Bianco (not the same as the Piemontese grape of the same name), is genetically identical. The core of production for Grillo is the west of the island and it is used in the production of the fortified wine Marsala. DNA investigation has also discovered that this is a relatively recent arrival, shown to be a natural crossing of Cataratto (another indigenous Sicilian white grape) and Muscat of Alexandria (known in Siciliy as Zibibbo).

Wine Region: Sicily is one of the formative wine producing regions of Italy. Settled by Greeks in the 8th century BC, it seems likely that wine and wine making techniques spread from there to the rest of the country; Pliny records that vines were transplanted to Pompeii in the 2nd century BC. Until recently, Sicily was largely a workaday vineyard, producing masses of blending wine that was sent up country and used to strengthen overly light wines made further north. However, investment has come into Sicilian wine production and mechanisation is growing, plus a number of figurehead wineries are pushing the boundaries of quality. This is a mountainous landscape and vines are planted up to 900 metres above sea level, at which height the torridity of the climate is largely avoided. The slopes of Mount Etna are increasingly exploited for the making of fine wine.

Wine Producer: Colomba Bianca is a co-operative founded in the west of the island in 1970. It has now grown to be the largest wine-producing co-operative in Sicily. They are also the biggest producer of organic and vegan wine on the island.

 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Grillo
  Producer
Producer:
Colomba Bianca
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Sicily
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 7.5 degreec C. This is properly fridge cold…and properly pale in colour: a very light, but really pretty canary yellow colour. At this temperature the nose is also light: rather shy and reserved. I can pick up slightly earthy aromas of orchard fruit, but not much else. The palate has real presence, is concentrated, coats the tongue with a fine earthy texture from about half way through. Lasting grip and really good sustain here. There’s firmness to the fruit and a hint of something a little bitter about it, which adds to the refreshment. There’s a touch of tannin about this, too,which leads me to believe it would be better with some food. Show it to a chicken, I should. Some mature cheddar would be a good mix too, me’thinks.

When it’s given the chance to warm up a bit, aromas are much more forthcoming. There’s a firmness of orchard fruit, like Golden Delicious apples that are only just coming into full ripeness. Nuts in the background. And a hint of something floral; daffodils, perhaps. The palate becomes richer and takes on something of that floral character. It remains a wine of real presence, though. And the acidity is green crunchy apple, held within the significant fruit concentration.

#3wordtastingnote: apples, nutty, dense

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