The Sour Grape

Greco Sannio 2014

Clean, fresh and above all characterful… this is what Pinot Grigio wishes it could be!

Clean, fresh and above all characterful… this is what Pinot Grigio wishes it could be!

When it comes to un-oaked white wines, hard as it may be to believe, there’s a whole world of incredible options out there that have nothing to do Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and Italy’s literally bursting at seams with them. Two of my favorite varieties from the sun soaked south of the country are ‘Greco’ and ‘Grillo’. This bottle of Greco comes from Campania, the shin of Italy’s boot like coastline, and while it’s not from the more prestigious “Greco di Tufo’ DOCG, it is still a good example of what the grape variety has to offer. In the glass this has a pale lemon colour with golden hints and apple, pear, lemon peel, lime, honey suckle, aromas with a vibrant palate of citrus, yeasty lees and a hint of butteryness and cream on the finish. This is a well-balanced wine with a perfect amount of acidity to slice through the intense fresh citrus fruit on the palate and hold up the pure minerality running through its rich finish; a surprisingly deep white wine with layers of complexity folded in, one on top of another, yet still distinct. I love this grape variety… always interesting, rewarding and far better value than Pinot Grigio! £10 a bottle from M&S.

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