This is only my second Orvieto Classico. The first was the Gaetano D’Aquino Orvieto Classico 2012. I have to say that they have both been quite light. Which is to say that unless you insist on Chardonnay or a heavier-bodied white wine, the Orvietos seem a real possibility as a warm weather selection.
Notes: The color of this Umbrian was an extremely pale yellow in the glass. On the nose I detected scents of grass and citrus. Acidity was good and slightly effervescent in it’s effect. Light-bodied with a hint of viscosity, this Orvieto came in at 12% alcohol. On the palate I found it to be again fairly light and straight-forward. For me, there were flavors of lemon, pear and grass with just a tinge of chlorine as it neared the denouement. I think it’s a fine white option for a summer refresher or with a light salad.
This is the 3rd selection in my Trader Joe’s wine exploration. If I keep up at this pace, I’m going to be walking the streets perpetually buzzed. lol But that would be irresponsible of me, so not to worry. Although, I do take the subway or bus to most places I need to go – including work. No, no! Moderation is a good thing. It means I’ll actually TASTE the wine when I drink it. And as that is my goal …
I’ll stop joking around now and get to business. Since the first two were reds, I thought I’d go with a white this time.
Notes: This light white from the Orvieto region of Italy is … well, it’s light. On the nose I found a mix of apple and citrus. In the glass it’s a medium yellow. Alcohol is 12%. Acidity is decent but certainly not going to stand up to any spicy or highly flavored foods. On the palate I found, as I said, a light flavor profile with a core of citrus and apple. Citrus flavors are lemon and lime (lymon?). There is also a chalkiness which adds some interest that you may or may not enjoy. On the finish it had a quick lemongrass zip. In addition, I thought I caught something floral, but I couldn’t pin it down because it was like a phantom – just on the edge of my perception but never really solidifying. Maybe it was my imagination. I want to say it was honeysuckle, but I’m just not sure. If you decide to give this wine a try, maybe you’ll figure it out.
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