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Spruzzi

Spruzzi
2015 Grillo, Terre Siciliane IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
Best Buy

Spruzzi
2015 Grillo, Terre Siciliane IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate graham cracker, banana nut muffin, and spiced apple and peach with an bright, dryish medium body and a charming, breezy finish manifesting notes of toasted lemon meringue, nutskin, and minted melon with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively, delicately spicy and creamy white that is a pleasure to drink.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: white chocolate graham cracker, banana nut muffin, and spiced apple and peach
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of toasted lemon meringue, nutskin, and minted melon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lively, delicately spicy and creamy white that is a pleasure to drink.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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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.