Venezia, Italy; 12.5% ABV
Purchased 4/19/2013 at the Oakland, CA store
More subtle than the Firestone PG – much drier and crisper too. More, I guess, Italian. A waxy nose of pear, fig, and melon (the more aromatic ones, like Galia), with a slightly odd note, citrusy but a tad soapy (lemon flowers?). The palate has similar flavors, showing ripe acid and white fruit (some white peach) with a strong mineral character, a slightly bitter and metallic finish but not unpleasantly so. There is a hint of sulfide – maybe bottled too soon and reduced under screwcap. Some nice yeasty notes persist; altogether, an interesting wine with perhaps tiny flaws and a bit disjointed – potential problems or growing pains?
Some air opened it up; tasting from the resealed 7/8ths-full bottle after a day in the fridge revealed a more enjoyable wine with the reduced components gone and some tropical notes and honey-toasted almond coming out. A composition that works well. Hard to predict if it will improve with age or not, but who cares? Buy it and decant it or splash it a bit before dinner and it’s a nice food wine. Much more on the austere side than the Firestone, a nice study in contrasts with the same grape. Have this one with a roast chicken with rosemary potato frittata and fava beans and imagine you’re in Italy.