We’ve been trying to get our importer to bring in a pallet of this for us for years. But apparently, the Italians keep snapping it all up. Finally, though, they got a half pallet, and we took it all. Here are a couple of quotes on the 2013, to give you an idea how special this wine is. The 2014 (not yet reviewed) is even more concentrated and intense.
Decanter rates it 95 points:
Intense, juicy fruit on the nose with a hint of flintiness at the back. Palate
is concentrated, tight, linear and long, with passion fruit and mango
woven into the tangy mineral flavours plus a touch of bitters in the
finish. Great structure and huge length. Very young, great promise.
Hooke rates it 96 (his top Italian white ever), saying:
From high altitude (400 metres), this showed a stony minerally character as well as restrained fruity notes, and was supremely delicate yet mouth-filling, with superb tightness and finesse. He also found it an incredible bargain at $56.
Like the famed Valentini Trebbiano, this wine is so clearly the greatest Pinot Blanc (from anywhere really) that it transcends the grape. But unlike the Valentini, it doesn’t cost $100. In fact, I can’t think of another indisputably World-beating wine like this, and one that has been for so long, that’s so reasonably priced.