Anyway, you did read the headline correctly, in this case I’m not talking about Pecorino the Cheese. I’m talking about the grape that’s native to Marches in Italy. It’s also listed as 0ffida-DOC – 0ffida is a municipality in the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Marches Region. Pecorino is a rare find because it’s an extremely difficult grape to grow. It’s low yielding and ripens early. It also needs the nose bleed seats to ripen. Because it’s so damn difficult to cultivate, it lost popularity with growers and dropped out of favor about 50+ years ago.
Well, I’m glad someone is holding on to its roots. Because throughout this strange lineup, this very unknown grape was a great discovery and was the one that stood out of the pack. Which is interesting because on the label they have an illustration of a lamb. Who’d of thunk the lamb would turn out to be the lion of the pack!
The notes: This lamb is a Saladini Pilastri Pecorino 2010. No… there’s no cheese flavor in this wine. This is a full bodied white with a very clear pale straw color. Amazingly intense nose of tropical fruits and a hint of nuttiness. In the mouth some bright citrus acidity to start, then yielding a nice soft silky mid-palate with hints of almonds and hazelnuts. Finally, wrapping up this ride with some white pepper spice and a slight hint of ginger on the finish. Lots of minerality throughout which leaves you with a fresh and clean mouth feel after every sip. A wonderfully complex white wine and may prove to be my favorite this season to cool me down during what might be another hot summer. They say this one is best consumed young… it’s so tasty, there’s no problem with storage because you’ll be running out of your stash before you know it.
And if this matters to you and I know it might to some… this is a Certified Organic Wine.
I found this on sale the day of the tasting at Stew Leonard’s Wines for just under $10. Yeah, I know… what a great find! So stock up on this lamb if you find yourself bored with the standard whites this coming summer…
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