Eighty percent Grillo, a grape from southern Italy and Sicily often used in Marsala, plus twenty percent Viognier, a French grape from the Rhône Valley. The Grillo contributes crisp flavors of apple and citrus, the Viognier contributes unctuousness and apricot, and here the blend mostly works. The cast is saturated yellow, and the wine’s aromas mingle stone fruit and floral notes with a suggestion of nut and fresh bread. It’s full-bodied but not voluptuous, fresh but not crackly, luscious but balanced. Serve it with seafood, soft cheeses, creamy pasta; it’s also smooth enough for spicy food.
13% abv | about $14 (sample) | Imported by Prestige Wine Imports