Le Vigne di Zamo´ Bianco 2014
Wine: Le Vigne di Zamo´Bianco IGT
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano, Riesling
The Zamo´winery has been family run since the 1980s, though some of the vineyard land dates back to the early 1920s. They're situated in the Veneto, often more broadly referred to as Friuli-Venezia Guilia. This is the north east corner of Italy, where the vineyard land bumps up against neighboring Slovenia to the east. There are quite a few varieties planted on these gently rolling hills, including high acid reds like refosco and schiopettino. Valpolicella and Amarones are made just a bit more inland. Le Vigne di Zamo´makes a few reds as well as this lovely bianco (white) - in fact, rumor around downtown Florence is that red was delicious. I missed tasting that bottle a couple of weeks ago, but The Carriage featured this white last weekend and it was a huge hit.
This is a blend of five white grapes, each vinified separately and blended afterward. The different grapes bring their own personality to the table, or the bottle rather, with the sauvignon, riesling and ribolla gialla contributing lovely acidity and aromatics, and the pinot grigio adding body. Tocai friulano adds floral notes. The wine is medium bodied with tremendous, refreshing acidity. It's generous white flower and fruity notes give way to a zing and hint of citrus on the palate. A great long finish makes it super easy to drink. It's great as an aperitif in warm weather and will pair easily with a range of different foods.