Italian wine is like a box of chocolates..(stop Forrest!)
Sicily, in particular, frequently surprises me. I came upon an IGT-labeled wine made from the Grillo grape. Grillo is a white varietal commonly used in Marsala (which I hear is making a comeback..?). For 9-bucks this wine was full of character and mighty unique to boot. And whenever a wine can make me say, “Wohoo!” for under ten dollars, I’m happy.
Feudo Arancio Grillo Sicilia IGT, ’03 ($9)
- Lemon gold in color with a noticeably bright sheen/hue
- Scents of lemon zest, cucumber, Romaine, and white pepper
- In the mouth Grillo is quite hefty and viscous. However, it’s got some spunky acidity to avoid falling flabby-fat. Fresh flavors of lemon curd give way to a long pleasant finish
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
Since this baby was so zesty-crisp, I performed a little experiment: I drank a portion on Sunday, vacuu-vin’d it and sipped the rest on Tuesday night. It was still ever-so-fresh and tasty. It worked very well with both pan-roasted pork loin and sautéed chicken. Hooray for Sicily. And check out Via Ritiro N.7 Diary for all your Sicilian cusine blogging needs.