Cantine del Falco, Artiglio Salento, IGT 2009

Artiglio Salento Bianco IGT '09 One of the things I really like about wines, in general, is that often you’ ll  get rid of your own  prejudices . This wine really is a good example. I am not a big fan of oaked Chardonnays but this one, although it’s a blend and really oaky, surprised me that much I had to write about it..

It has a beautiful, intense golden color. You definitely smell the wood, no doubt about it.( 6 months of ageing in barriques) In the beginning I thought of just another overoaked white wine…, but after some time, you can smell lovely almonds, hints of vanilla and even some coconut, in a pleasant way. In your mouth, it’s has a velvety roundness, but also a nice acidity. It tastes like almonds, peaches and is easily drinkable, thanks to the nice acidity. And it sure has some ageing potential, I would love to try this wine again in let’s say, four more years.

But best of all, it is a nice wine to sit down with and relax, not too complicated, but just to enjoy! Its producer, Cantine del Falco http://www.cantinedelfalco.it/ is situated in the region of Lecce, Puglia, Italy.

This wine is made of 60 % Chardonnay and 40 % Verdeca. The last one is a local variety. Verdeca, also known as: Verdicchio femmina, Verdone, Verdisio, is being grown in Puglia and Campania. Both areas are relatively unknown here in Holland, except for some primitivo wines and a lost Greco di Tufo, you don’t see many of their wines here, unfortunately. Verdeca is mostly used in blends and to make Vermouth. If Verdeca is being used  in a single varietal wine, they say it shows delicate aromas. I did some internet  research, but haven’t find one yet. Would be interesting to taste a 100% Verdeca, anyone knows one, or tasted one?

 Available @Monegawijn  www.monega.nl  € 11,40