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Daily Glass: Wine, Beautiful and Different

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Have you ever caught yourself using the same expression over and over again, to the point of being annoyed with oneself, but not been able to do anything about it? One of my expressions, pretty much a single word, is “beautiful”. Yes, of course I mean it in the wine context. The best case scenarios include the first “wow” once your nose encounters the aroma exuding from the glass, connecting to the “wow, this is beautiful” after the first sip, when aroma and bouquet altogether transform into a beautiful (oops, sorry), memorable experience. Yes, I know, reading the wine reviews consisting of “wow, this is beautiful” notes is somewhat pointless, and if it draws your ire, feel free to take it out in the comments section below – but I have to say it when it happens.

The wine I’m talking about today was exactly like that. I got this bottle from a friend back in October. The wine is made by his father in Sicily – a small family production, for all I understand. One consequence is the fact that there is no information available on internet – and the bottle doesn’t have a back label, so I can only share my impressions. But – it was a beautiful wine.

Contrada Santa Croce Chardonnay Grillo

The color of this 2012 Contrada Santa Croce Casteltermini Sicilia Cuvée Artisanale Chardonnay Grillot (13.5% ABV) was intense yellow with an orange hue – I don’t think the wine was aged in oak, but it was definitely fermented on the lees, and probably was aged on the lees for a good few month, to have such an intense color. It was also showing a bit cloudy in the glass – I can assume it was unfiltered.

And then there was was the nose. You know, that aroma which you can commonly pick up on many wines from Sicily –  the volcanic soils, the touch of sun and minerals, inviting and promising, with hint of lemon zest. And then the palate. Totally unique. Starting from light, dry, almost effervescent midpalate feel. Then showing mature fruit, apricot and apricot pit, finishing with mouthwatering acidity, prickling sides of the tongue with fresh lemon notes. One sip inviting another. Until the wine is gone, and you are left with the memory.

Let’s drink for the beautiful wines and people making them. Cheers!

  1. Fig & Quince
    February 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Reminds me of food writing and the adjectives “delicious” and “yummy” … apt but one feels conscious of overuse. Beautiful post! 😉

    • talkavino
      February 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you Azita!

  2. February 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Beautiful.

    • talkavino
      March 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

      🙂

  3. February 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wonderful post, I love small production wines, reminds me of my Grandfather who made his own wine. Sounds wonderful!

    • talkavino
      March 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Suzanne! It was definitely a very special experience.

  1. March 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

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