Another great selection from our wine club. Fondo Antico I Versi Bianco 2010 is a rich white blend – without oak – that combines equal parts Grecanico, Inzolia and Grillo from Sicily.
Fresh and fruity, this wine delivers citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of toasted almonds. It is clean and crisp with a bit of zing and nice balanced acidity. It has the rich fruit flavor of a Chardonnay and the liveliness of a Sauvignon Blanc.
I Versi Bianco is from Fondo Antico, a winery located near Trapani in a small town called Frazione Rilievo. Admittedly, I was not very familiar with the grape varieties that make up I Versi Bianco, so I did a little investigating.
Grecanico is a white grape used widely in the white wines of Sicily. Producers like Grecanico for its robust aroma and the ease with which it can be used to cut other Sicilian wines, specifically the Catarratto and Inzolia, resulting in a full-flavored wine.
Inzolia, also indigenous to Sicily, is known for its nutty aroma. Notes of almonds, citrus fruits and fresh herbs are common in this well-structured variety. In Tuscany, this grape is referred to as Ansonica.
Grillo is a Sicilian white grape variety used to produce full-bodied wines. It is the most planted white grape in Italy. Crisp and light in texture, it has sufficient acidity and significant sweetness.
I believe you can find I Versi Bianco for less than $10. I think it would be delicious and refreshing on a warm summer evening. I’m sure we’ll have a few of those very soon.
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