Buongiorno. No wait, that isn't right. What's happening to me?
It must be all those Italian tastings I've been attending and doing lately. First, it's French and now Italian? I may need to step back from this a while.
Although, maybe picking up say an Aussie accent may have its benefits! Even the French accent I could see having a slight attraction for the woman around me. What about Italian? Who knows???
I'll have to give this a little more thought before poo-pooing the idea.
So how does all this Italian business start? Well, I was at a recent tasting, not pouring, and I saw a very familiar bottle. One that took me back to my pre-professional days. It was a grape that one rarely sees other than from Italy. Greco. I remember buying a bottle years ago and drinking it. Still remembering the enjoyment that I had savoring the wine. I figured, What the heck. let's go for it again and see what's up.
Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2015
Like a lot of wines out there from some of the old world countries, the name of the wine can be a mouthful. It is pretty simple though. Feudi di San Gregorio is the winery with Greco di Tufo the grape. You should know what 2015 refers to.
Irpinia is the historical name of the Province of Avellino in Campania a region of Italy (a little East of Naples) and an area of Greco di Tufo designated D.O.C.G (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) where this amazing wine hails. Once again!
Things happened a little differently at the house around this wine. I did have plans for a dinner consisting of a fish called Barramundi. Not your typical fish and one I don't think I have ever had before. I found this on sale in the frozen section of my market. Hey, on sale and I thought, what the heck!
So earlier in the day, I had to think about defrosting the fish and planning the rest of the meal. Nothing happening on this particular day (of course, not much happens most of my days). So for lunch, I decided to open the wine early and take a quick sip to "wet my appetite" as it were.
Right away, I notice the deep golden color of the wine. Much darker than I would have guessed. A little digging and I found that the grape turns a shade of golden-grey, lending itself to the deep golden color of the wine. I notice aromatics of lemon and minerality, not vibrant, but still apparent.
Now or never. Well, that's not true. I'll be drinking this regardless, but now was very appropriate. Very interesting. Again, I get the citrus and nice minerality. There is fruit in the distant background, stone fruit. While it reminds me of Chardonnay, the grape has been compared to the likes of Viognier. I have about a glass and decide to stop and wait to drink more at dinner time.
Grocery shopping and a few other errands, and I'm back home and realize it's about time to start dinner. Nothing special. Salad, rice and the fish. Found a nice Miso marinade for the fish. It did seem like the majority of recipes use lemon and butter almost exclusively. While I don't understand at first, it made sense later, after eating the fish.
Glad I waited. Like other wines, a couple of hours allowing the wine to air, opened the wine's characteristics much more. The aroma and the palate were intensified. I'm now getting much more of the stone fruit quality I spoke of before. The wine's acidity becomes a little more apparent as well. I'm sticking with my guns, however, and saying this reminds me much more of a nice Chardonnay than the lighter and more floral Viognier.
I liked this wine. With seafood, especially something with a little more to it, this wine shines. Comparing it to the likes of a nice Chardonnay, drier and maybe even French (oh no, not the French thing, AGAIN), the wine entices you. At $20, $18 at the sale price I got it for, it will be a staple in my cellar. Click here for tech sheet.
Saluti and Arrivederci - ARGH