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Creto De’ Betti 2018 Bianco di Toscana

1 Sep

Fattoria Betti, Creto De’ Betti 2018 Bianco di Toscana, Tuscany, Italy. 13%ABV, SRP (avg) $18/bottle online

 

By Jim vanBergen, JvBUnCorked.   

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Color is pale straw with a green tinge. The nose offers a delicate aroma of pineapple and citrus. On the palate are crisp apple with white pear, with secondary notes of almond and lime zest. Tertiary notes of sandy clay and lemon rind are on the finish. This is a Tuscan white wine blend comprised of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Trebbiano, fermented in stainless steel before being bottled, spending no time in oak.

 

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I paired this over three separate evenings with meals of roast turkey, grilled salmon, and fusilli with pesto. In each instance, the wine stood strong and paired easily. I was surprised at the ease with with the Chardonnay -Trebbiano blend stood up to the rich grilled turkey with tart cranberry sauce. Likewise, lesser white wines would not have had both the acidity and savory qualities to handle the grilled salmon, for which I usually desire a pinot noir. But this wine had not problem staying the course and showing well throughout, with grilled peaches as a dessert one night, and nectarines the following evening.

 

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Fattoria Betti’s Bianco di Toscana is crisp and refreshing when served cold, and maintains beauty, body, and balance as the meal continues and the wine reaches room temperature. My spouse asked me to include that she specifically enjoyed this wine, and loved the smooth finish that was crisp, yet neither bitter nor sour. The only complaint I had when tasting this wine was wanting to have another bottle on hand!

 

If you don’t recognize the grape trebbiano, perhaps you know it by its French namesake, Ugni Blanc. I think the amount of trebbiano that is in this blend is the reason why I adore it so much: it offers a fruity nose and plenty of acidity without ever being harsh. While it may be more common to see trebbiano blended with Malvasia, I think this blend with Chardonnay is a brilliant combination. Personally I know the grape better from ugni blanc’s long history in the creation of cognac and armagnac brandies- but I’m hopeful to see more trebbiano-blended wines with this success of winemaking.

If you like Italian white wines are are looking for a versatile white that is delightful alone and capable standing up to a bevy of rich proteins, this chardonnay-trebbiano blend is a bottle that you should try. You owe it to yourself to seek out Frattoria Betti’s Bianco di Toscano.

 

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à votre santé!

Paix Sur Terre 2016 Ugni Blanc

11 May

Paix Sur Terre Ugni Blanc 2016, Paso Robles, CA 13.2%ABV, SRP $29/bottle

 

Color is pale sunshine. The delicate nose offers honeycrisp apple, citrus, and cut wildflowers. On the palate, a savory blend of white peach, apple, and lemon-lime with secondary notes of honey,  lemon rind, and clementine. Notes of limestone and shale complete the satisfying finish; this wine crossed my upper palate with beautiful acidity and complexity that quite impressed me. I paired this with chicken, fish, and cheese over three nights but I was forced to limit myself, for each time I wanted more! This is a bottle you will want to dive into and not share with your friends unless you bought several of them!

I picked this up on recommendation from Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes and World’s Best Wine Clubs . A perfect pick for an off-the-beaten-path wine, and what a gorgeous and well-made wine! I will have to follow Paix Sur Terre and learn more about their wines. What a delightful introduction!

If you don’t know Ugni Blanc, this is the bottle to try, it will make you a believer!

 

 

à votre santé!

 

Chateau De Berne: Terres De Berne, 2010 Côtes de Provence

25 Jun

Chateau De Berne Terres De Berne, 2010 Côtes de Provence
Sample Provided by Wine Chateau. $14.97/bottle (reg $25). 13%ABV

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Pale straw color with a hint of amber. Very light nose: a touch of citrus with notes of lychee and banana peel. The mouthfeel is a very balanced sense of gentle fruit, and acidity. The finish provides a nice tannic pull in the mouth with an aftertaste of pear, green apple and lime. The first thing you notice is the subtley of the wine; it is very balanced, seemingly discrete. The delicacy of this white was an immediate huge hit with two others who tasted with me, without any prompting, voiced their appreciation from the first sip. One liked the easygoing quality and how well it matched our meal (cucumber/tomato salad with balsamic vinegar, baked salmon with lemon, sides of mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli).  Yet another commented on the wonderful, gentle flavor, then on the unusual design of the bottle- with squared edges, looks more like a European olive oil bottle (perhaps a nice recycling option).

This is a perfect wine for sipping in the afternoon sunshine or pairing with light seafood.  I tasted this wine over several days and really enjoyed it; it remained perfectly consistent over three evenings, paired beautifully with food and was very enjoyable at twilight in the backyard. While subtle and demure in character, please note that the crisp acidity will allow it to accompany white meats and stronger fare without being lost, which allows for great flexibility. Chateau de Berne’s Terres de Berne AOC Blanc is comprised 50% Ugni Blanc and 50% Semillon grapes.

Provence is the southeastern region of France that site between the Mediterranean sea and the Rhone River. Chateau De Berne sits just north of the quaint town of Lorgues, about 70 km west of Cannes. A delightful area to visit, its wines are one of the regions that have managed to not explode in hype or price as of yet. This wine is a great example of  a well-made vintage that offers tremendous value: this kind of delicacy could be found possibly in a burgundy or bordeaux blend, but those would price at more than double or triple the price of this wine. It is quite simply, a very nice wine and a huge value.  

You can check out the winemaker’s website (unlike many other winemakers, they actually did a good job on theirs!) and you can also buy the wine directly from Wine Chateau at a price that I consider a good bargain. If I had the room in my cellar, I’d buy a case. Hmm, maybe a good tasting party could solve both those issues… but I digress.

à votre santé!

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