The Luck Of The Draw

Trying out a new grape varietal is always a draw for me when I’m perusing my local store shelves.  In this case, I saw that the majority of this white blend was made from the Italian grape Cortese.  Never having tasted a Cortese wine, I was willing to test my luck and gamble on a new wine experience.  After all, the stakes (ante up at $6.99) weren’t too bad.

Vineyard: Azienda Giribaldi
Wine:  Winemaker’s Selection White Blend
Varietal: White Blend
Vintage: NV
Appellation: Italy
Price: $6.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:   This blended white is made from 80% Cortese and 20% Chardonnay.  At 11.5% alcohol, it was moving toward sweet yet didn’t strike my palate as heavy or syrupy.  The color was a very pale lemon yellow, acidity was OK, and the body was quite light.  On the nose I found primarily citrus with hints of peach and floral notes.  Flavors consisted of citrus once again, some peach, and a fleeting hint of butter with a biting, grassy finish that also echoed the floral notes (think wild flowers or daisies).  Honestly, I can’t say that I enjoyed this selection.  It didn’t taste like gasoline or road tar, but the balance of flavors across the palate didn’t create an extremely pleasant experience for me, either.

Even so, I’m not giving up on Cortese.  I may have had an off day.  This may have been an off bottling for Azienda Giribaldi.  I certainly can’t say that I lost anything, because I did get what I was looking for – a new wine experience.  If I didn’t find a selection to fall in love with on the first draw, well what are the odds?  So I’m undeterred and will keep my eyes open for another opportunity with the Cortese grape.  Who knows?  I could get lucky next time.

This post is an entry into the 8th Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC8).  Originated by The Drunken Cyclist, this month’s challenge – to write around the theme of “luck” – was issued by last month’s winner, The Sweet Sommelier.  Click on the MWWC logo at the top of this post to see details for this month’s challenge.

12 thoughts on “The Luck Of The Draw

  1. Sorry to hear that the wine wasn’t completely to your liking. If you want to try more Cortese then you should considering trying some Gavi DOCG wines from Piedmont. Cortese is native to the Piedmont where it also has a long history and in my opinion the region is home to some pretty good Cortese wines.

  2. Nice post: Cortese is a variety for which you need to be picky with producers. I second Julian’s recommendation to get some decent quality Gavi DOCG. Reputable producers include Villa Sparina, Giustiniana, Broglia and premium producer La Scolca. Like you said, don’t give up and you’ll see that you will find some option that is more to your liking. Keep us posted! 🙂

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  6. Can I be a third on the Gavi :). Honestly, I don’t think I’ve had a Cortese outside of Gavi. Another Piedmont white I like is Roero Arneis. It’s not $7, but you can get a go one for around $20.

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