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My first Salento

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Brand NameFuedo di Santa Croce
Other Wines Reviewed
Wine NameMonteiasi
Vintage (Year)2008
AVAPuglia - Salento
CountryItaly
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay, Gewurztraminer
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)
  

So, as I am up here at Terranova Wines, and trying several wines from their portfolio, and this is third wine that I have had with this combination of grapes. It seems that 70% Malvasia Bianca and 30% Chardonnay is a tried and true formula for wines coming out of Puglia.

However, this one is oak-aged for three months while the others were done in stainless steel. This gives it a more reserved taste, and something with a little bit more 'dignity' to it. The oak imparts a softness to the citrus and fruit component (apple and maybe something like a very slight apricot), and the spice aspect is delivered over the course of the finish, which takes about twenty seconds or more to dissipate.

Summarily, I could see this wine actually going well with grilled food, especially fish, but even chicken. But you know what, this wine would go great with anything flavored with cinnamon; it's a natural fit!

 

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