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Wine Tasting Video: Assorted Italian Whites – Fiano, Gavi, Soave etc September 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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Alpha Zeta ‘P’ Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT 2011, Veneto (£8.99 Corks Out, Reserve Wines, Luvians, Field & Fawcett, The Flying Corkscrew, Bennetts Fine Wines, Edward Parker Wines)
Gentle but pithy style with slightly nutty pear and peach flesh tempered by a citrussy bite. B(-)

SPAR Gavi 2011, Piedmont (£6.99 Spar)
Good subtle style, with a herby edge to the citrus, pear and peach flavour and a creamy finish with a touch of walnut. S-

Melis Iocalia Vermentino di Sardegna 2011 (£8.50 The Wine Society)
Classic lemon and light pine resin notes, but while I like the herbal edges, maybe it’s just a touch too rich? But decent crisp finish. B

Alpha Zeta ‘G’ Garganega della Provincia di Verona 2011 (£7.99 Noel Young, Noble Green Wines, Imbibros, Rannoch Scott Wines, The Fine Wine Company, Luvians, Villeneuve Wines)
Reasonable musky pearskin character and a touch of walnut, OK but feels like it’s losing freshness. C(+)

Guerrieri Rizzardi Soave Classico DOP 2010, Veneto, Italy (£12.99 Hercules Wine Merchants Ltd, The Wine Alley)
Quite golden in colour, and the decadent peachy aromas speak of late picked fruit, does have some herbal mineral characters but ultimately a bit on the fat side. B(-)

Contesa Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2011, Abruzzi (£8.95 The Wine Society)
Has a mealy, clay-like character (rather like Verdicchio), peach pear and citrus flavours, but it’s the herby freshness and lovely texture that stand out for praise. S(-)

Harvey Nichols Fiano 2011, Sicily (£11.00 Harvey Nichols)
Rich young wine combining something of the peachy edge of Viognier with the herby citrus tang of Vermentino, and adding in an almost volcanic, minerally note. Maybe could do with a little more freshness, but nicely textured and very tasty. S-

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Categorised in: Abruzzi, Fiano, Piedmont, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sardinia, Sicily, Veneto, Vermentino

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