Full Review

Monteversa

Monteversa
2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$78

Monteversa
2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
Golden straw color. Elegant aromas of fresh pear, marzipan with toasted coconut, underripe pineapple, and petrol with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long fruit cup, dried wildflowers and parsley, mixed nuts, and honeycomb finish with well-integrated, silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An elegant and nuanced Italian white with a great sense of place.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: fresh pear, marzipan with toasted coconut, underripe pineapple, and petrol
Taste Flavor: fruit cup, dried wildflowers and parsley, mixed nuts, and honeycomb
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Tuna Steaks Au Poivre, Chicken Vesuvio, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegant and nuanced Italian white with a great sense of place.

The Producer

Borderac Crus & Vins

The Producer
27 Rue Durieu de Maisonneuve
Bordeaux, 33000
France
33 -556008494

Their Portfolio

95 Alea Ludendo 2013 Elba Aleatico Passito 13% (Italy) $147.00.
87 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 14.5% (Italy) $65.00.
85 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 16% (Italy) $138.00.
90 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2016 Valdiserre, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 5.5% (Italy) $45.00.
86 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2013 Bricco del Falco, Pinot Nero, Piemonte DOC 13.5% (Italy) $142.00.
86 Ceste 2014 Barbera, Piemonte 13.5% (Italy) $36.00.
89 Chateau Arnaud 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
91 Chateau Bois de Rolland 2015 Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
90 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Blanc 12.5% (France) $42.00.
94 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Rouge 12.5% (France) $44.00.
90 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $32.00.
92 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
92 Chateau de Reynaud 2014 Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
88 Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition, Fronsac 13.5% (France) $34.00.
93 Chateau Ferran 2014 Les Cotes, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 13.5% (France) $80.00.
84 Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $27.00.
92 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $67.00.
93 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $75.00.
90 Chateau Haut de la Becade 2007 Pauillac 12.5% (France) $89.00.
89 Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux 2012 Moulis-en-Médoc 13% (France) $71.00.
87 Chateau La Gregoire 2014 St. Emilion 12.5% (France) $49.00.
93 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $44.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $45.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée, Bordeaux Supèrieur 14% (France) $49.00.
89 Chateau Lalande Villeneuve 2014 Médoc 13% (France) $35.00.
85 Chateau le Manoir 2014 Cuvee les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 13% (France) $59.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2015 Cuvée Les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 14% (France) $58.00.
91 Chateau les Anguilleys 2012 Cru Bourgeois, Médoc 13% (France) $49.00.
95 Chateau Les Vimieres 2014 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $78.00.
90 Chateau Mille Roses 2012 Haut-Médoc 12.5% (France) $77.00.
92 Chateau Mille Roses 2011 Haut-Médoc 13% (France) $78.00.
96 Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $129.00.
94 Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie 2014 Pomerol 13.5% (France) $123.00.
94 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2014 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $102.00.
88 Chateau Tour du Moulin 2015 Cuvée Les Terres Rouges, Fronsac 14% (France) $32.00.
92 Clos Larcis 2014 Grand Cru, St. Emilion 13.5% (France) $143.00.
91 Dauprat 2015 Pauillac 13.5% (France) $86.00.
93 Domaine des Mimosas 2015 Lalande de Pomerol 13.5% (France) $50.00.
90 Domaine du Plantey 2015 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $27.00.
90 Dominio de Taurum 2016 Tempranillo, Toro 14.5% (Spain) $34.00.
85 Les Esperons 2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% (France) $34.00.
92 Monteversa 2016 Versavo Bianco, Veneto IGP 12.5% (Italy) $59.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Chardonnay, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
91 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Versacinto Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $60.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Biodiversa Rosso, Veneto IGT 13% (Italy) $50.00.
93 Monteversa 2015 Animaversa Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $98.00.
94 Monteversa 2014 Rossodiversa, Colli Euganei 12% (Italy) $55.00.
87 Tenuta Ripalte 2015 Costa Toscana IGT 13% (Italy) $72.00.
94 Terre du Lion 2015 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $91.00.

Regional Other Italian White

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
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.