Ran across a wine made from one of my favorite grapes the other day; Sauvignon Blanc!
This one was a little different as it hailed from the Venezia Giulia region of Italy. I know, right, who knew, Sauvignon Blanc from Italy, the land of Pinot Grigio!
A little over dramatic I know, but it is a wine that isn’t that commonplace, nor is it that lonely. While Italy jostles for the top spot in overall wine production, Sauv Blanc from Italy accounts for around 6% of worldwide production. Not huge, but not the smallest either. I guess you just don’t hear a lot about it. Going by the general name given in Italy of just Sauvignon and coming mostly from the Northeast Region of Italy, it tends towards very crisp acidity and a little more of the stone fruit flavors such as peach and pear.
The particular wine I ran into at an Italian Wine Tasting was:
Attems Sauvignon Blanc 2017
True to form, the stone fruit flavors with a hint of minerality and maybe a touch of grapefruit, made this wine one that I truly enjoyed. Now if the weather will start to change and warmer days finally return, I can call this wine a great patio wine. Produced using all stainless steel, the wine does see about four months of lees contact, my thinking is that this will lend itself to a richer style of wine and one that is not as fruit driven as some.
Being that I’m a “I Love Sauvignon Blanc” kind of guy, I can whole-heartedly recommend this wine to those who enjoy Sauv Blanc, especially if you favor the richer and slightly more mineral aspects of the grape. Coming in around the $20 price point doesn’t make it inexpensive, but quality does cost. Click here for the tech sheet.
Give it a try if you run across it, just don’t be as surprised as I was running into a Sauv Blanc from Italy.