The Veneto, of northeastern Italy, is home to well known whites such as Soave and Prosecco. Let's head southwest of Lake Garda and sample Bianco di Custoza. This DOC produces white wine made from the following grapes: Trebbiano, Garganega, Malvasia, and Cortese. Tommasi, based in Verona, produces a fine, well-priced example of Bianco di Custoza.
Tommasi "Bosco del Gal" Bianco di Custoza DOC, '01 ($10)
- From a single vineyard near Lake Garda
- A blend of Trebbiano, Garganega, Malvasia, and Cortese
- Yellow-gold in color with frizzante hints
- Distinctive scents of McIntosh apples, flowers, and herbs
- Medium-heavy body, well-balanced with rich flavors wrapped in a viscous package. The finish is slightly flinty
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
A wine with a lot of character for ten bucks. I enjoyed its rich, viscous quality coupled to noticeable acidity. Bosco del Gal would be great as an aperitif or with any number of appetizers and nibbles.