A few days ago, I tried a Pecorino from the central Italian region of Le Marche produced by Saladini Pilastri. Saladini Pilastri is located in the beautiful Italian town of Spinetoli, and the history of the Count Saladini Pilastri dates all the way back to the year 1000. Agricultural activities for this noble family began three centuries ago, and due to the the limestone hills, climate and rolling hill that slopes down to the Adriatic Sea, conditions are optimal for growing grapes. Much like most of the wineries in Oregon, Saladini Pilastri focuses on sustainable, low-impact organic farming.
The Pecorino varietal is a white grape that ripens early and is mainly grown in the Abruzzo, Marche, Lazio and Umbria regions of Italy. It was thought to be extinct, until a few vines were discovered on a farm in Italy’s Le Marche region in the early 1980′s. Clippings were taken and grafted onto new rootstalk, and worthy harvests were yielded in the 90′s.
The 2011 Saladini Pilastri Pecorino Affido DOCG had incredible aromas of bananas with a hint of pineapple which followed through to full-bodied similar flavors. A nice acidic backbone rounded out the fruit-filled banana flavors while adding some zestiness to the finish. This is lively and very refreshing, and if you like bananas, you’ll love this uniquely delicious white wine. I instantly had a craving for walnuts or pecans, and I can imagine walnut or pecan bread would be an excellent pairing.
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