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Monday, August 19, 2013

Wine of the Week: 2012 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto Umbria IGT, Italy

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." – Aristophanes

In a conversation about the wines of Italy, most folks immediately think of Tuscany, the famous wines of Brunello and the lesser known but still very much appreciated Chianti’s. But if the truth was known, Italy is a seemingly bottomless barrel of wine varietals. You could easily spend a lifetime attempting to give them all a swirl and still have a few left; with over 800 different varietals which have been identified.  

And just south of Tuscany is another fantastic growing region, called Umbria. In today’s wine of the week we are going to examine one of my favorite grapes from this region. It is a grape which I think is one of the better grapes Italian winemakers have perfected, it’s called Grechetto Bianco or just Grechetto for short. And it's been in Umbria so long, growing so amazingly well, that has forgotten its roots in Greece. 

I would invite you to check out the Scacciadiavoli website, where you're sure to find many more interesting facts. Like the ominous story behind the name, one which may have you wondering which wines do work best for casting out unwanted spirits?

I know many vino-sapiens gravitate toward Italy’s red wines [who can blame them] but the white wines from Umbria are quite good as well. There are also a few other tasty varietals from this region as well, all are known for their versatility, either being both a food/wine pairing champ or simply for enjoying with friends and family while hanging poolside. 

Now onto the tasting note portion of the review: I found the nose brimming with fruit, brilliant apricots, a whiff of almonds, with some floral notes stirred into the mix. The color is hued in gold, leaning toward straw. After the first slurp, bam, lemon/lime, apricots and white-flowers floating on a canvas of rich, round flavors, but with a nice slap of acidity to keep you coming back for more. My score an easy 87 points and makes a great food wine that easily will pair with a majority of appetizers.

In my opinion, this is quintessential white grape of the Umbria. A wine that sells for about $8 Euros most place is starting to come ashore in the U.S selling in the $15 - $18 range. I highly recommend this wine for everyday drinking and again award it 87 points. So what are you waiting for; grab yourself some of the Umbrian experience for yourself, to see what I'm talking about. Until next time folks, please remember to sip long and prosper cheers!

Full Disclosure: This wine was sent as a sample for the review process. 

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