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Giancarlo Ceci

Giancarlo Ceci
2017 Parco Naturale White Blend, Castel del Monte DOC

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .25%
Demeter Certified Grown Grapes
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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Giancarlo Ceci
2017 Parco Naturale White Blend, Castel del Monte DOC

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .25%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar, corn cakes, dried fruits in honey, and jasmine with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery finish revealing notes of underripe pear and apricot stone with no oak flavor. An anytime white that covers a lot of bases.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: lemon bar, corn cakes, dried fruits in honey, and jasmine
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of underripe pear and apricot stone
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An anytime white that covers a lot of bases.

The Importer

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Although red wines are a more famous entity in Italy, there are excellent whites produced in many regions throughout the country. Two cool climate regions in the north that produce some of the finest examples are Alto Adige and Friuli. The wines from these regions, most notably Gewürztraminer and Pinot Bianco from the former and Friulano and Sauvignon from the latter, are deeply concentrated with expressive aromatics and vibrant acidity.

Campania is another great region for white wines in Italy; producers her work with grapes such as Greco (Greco di Tufo) and Fiano (Fiano di Avellino), varieties planted there more than two millennia ago by Greek colonists. Falanghina, a grape that produces a medium-bodied white with very good acidity, is another specialty from Campania.

Carricante is a sleek dry white from Sicily, while Vermentino is a high acid white from coastal vineyards in Liguria and Tuscany. Also from Tuscany is Vernaccia di San Gimignano, an underrated dry white with melon and almond notes.

Most Italian whites are aged in steel to preserve the aromatics. While some are best consumed young (with vegetable risotto or lighter seafood), many of the best examples (Greco di Tufo, Friulano) age for a decade or more from the best producers in the finest vintages.