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Chiorri 2006 Grechetto

I like this wine, and I’ll tell you why. It’s bright, fresh, a little bit of spritz, not too expensive, easy to drink has a likable minerality but a depth on the nose and a richness on the finish that is almost vanilla-like.

But that’s getting too far ahead. First, what Jancis has to say about the grape:

sometimes Greghetto, characterful central Italian white grape variety most closely associated with Umbria. It is an ingredient in Orvieto and in the whites of torgiano and the Colli Martani doc. The grapes‚ thick skins provide good resistance to downy mildew, making it sufficiently sturdy to produce good vin santo. It is typically blended with Trebbiano, verdello, and malvasia. In Antinori’s most admired white wine, Cervaro, it has played a supporting role to chardonnay, and this type of wine is now being copied by other ambitious producers in Umbria. Grechetto di Todi is probably even more widely planted than Grechetto Spoletino. Intrinsically more interesting than either trebbiano or drupeggio, it is expected to have a much larger role in Umbrian white wines, particularly Orvieto, in the future. Occasionally called Greco Spoletino or Greco Bianco di Perugia, it is by no means identical to greco bianco, although it is presumed to share its Greek origins.

Tasting note after the jump

Pale gold, white rim minimal small bubbles.

clean youthful nose with medium intense aromas of tropical fruits, white pepper, some vanilla and mineral/stony aromas in the back.

The wine is dry with medium acid, medium alcohol and no tannin. It has medium body with medium intense flavors of ripe pear, honey/vanilla, and a little bit of almond. It has a medium+ length and stops about 3/4 of the way back on the palate.

Now we draw conclusions.

The biggest problem I have here is most of the flavor descriptors I have indicate a developing wine and I said it smelled youthful. As it warms up in my glass, however, more complex aromas and flavors come out. But we already know it’s a 2006 and that’s not that old. But it kinda is; it’s the second most recent vintage of the wine. But the OCW says the variety has thick skins, which, if the Chiorri people left the must on the skins for a bit, would add more complexity and heft to the wine.

Again, I picked this wine because I do not have much experience with it, so I would have never guessed Grechetto, but to me it smelled like Italian wine. ( This is something I can’t explain.) I think I’d have guessed the age as one or two years old.

Let’s check the alcohol content: Wow. It’s a big 14 percent, which compared to yesterday’s wine is much more balanced. The heft of the skins (?) and I guess what Jancis refers to as “characterful” stands up to the ripe, high alcohol.

This wine retails for around $17. It’s a bargain, delicious and a lesson in a bottle.


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