2016 Piana dei Castelli Bianco$39.90
Natural – biodynamic
100% Malvasia Puntinata from 60/70-year-old vineyards located in North Velletri (south of Rome) with tufaceous and clayey soils. The must is cryomacerated for 24 hours followed by alcoholic fermentation and maturation in cement tanks. Unfiltered and unclarified.
Light golden colour. Floral bouquet with aromas of white peach, ripe apple and pear. Fresh, soft, round, delicate palate, fleshy, dense and fragrant, with a final subtle hazelnut finish and long persistence.
Perfect with starters, pasta with vegetables, rice, soup, fish, seafood, poultry and fresh cheeses.
2014 Piana dei Castelli Follia Bianco$59.90
Natural – biodynamic
Blend of Malvasia Puntinata, Grechetto, Trebbiano Giallo, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling grapes harvested when they are overripe and musty from plots in Velletri/Lariano (south of Rome). Soils are volcanic, clayey, siliceous and tufaceous. The must is cryomacerated for 12 hours followed by alcoholic fermentation and ageing in cement tanks for 24-36 months and a minimum of 18 months in the bottle. Unfiltered and unclarified.
Gold appearance with bouquet of tropical fruit such as pineapple, rockmelon and a subtle final sweet note of honey and herbs. Elegant, rounded, balanced, with a lovely tension and sapidity.
A versatile wine. It can be paired with pasta, rice, fish, poultry, fresh cheeses and vegetables.
2017 Bosco Nestore Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGT$31.90
100% Pecorino. Bright pale yellow. Fermentation in stainless steel. Intense bouquet with aromas of pear, apricot, peach, citrus fruit and floral hints of wisteria. Clean and fresh.
An extremely versatile wine. Perfect with seafood, vegetables, fresh cheeses and Asian cuisine.
3 Stelle Vini Buoni d’Italia 2019
2017 Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG$31.90
100% Erbaluce. Lemon, with greenish tinges. Lively and fresh, fruit sensations well integrated with the firm structure of the wine. Light-bodied, crisp with firm acid structure and strong, pleasant fruity sensations.
Excellent paired with vegetables, starters, fish and seafood.
A refreshing wine, perfect for summery days!
4 Grappoli Bibenda 2019
2017 Poggio Le Volpi People Frascati Superiore DOCG$24.90
Malvasia di Candia and Trebbiano. Short maceration on skins, brief fermentation on yeasts in stainless steel. Bright pale yellow. Bouquet of pear and green apple, elderflower, grass and white flowers. Fresh and tasty, fruity and easy to drink with a long persistence.
Great as an aperitif or with seafood, fish, risotto and fresh cheeses.
2016 Poggio Le Volpi Epos Frascati Superiore DOCG Riserva$44.90
Malvasia del Lazio, Malvasia di Candia, Trebbiano. Soft pressing, fermentation in 40 hl vat at a controlled temperature, maturation on yeasts in stainless steel and wooden containers. 3 months in the bottle before being released on the market for a total of 12 months.
Bright pale yellow. Sensation of tropical fruit, hazelnut, orange flowers, aromatic herbs and salty minerality. Smooth, fruity and floral, sapid and fresh with a very long persistence.
Excellent with seafood, fish, poultry, risotto, young cheeses or Spaghetti alla Carbonara.
2 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso 2018
4 Grappoli Bibenda 2018
2016 Dante Rivetti Arneis Langhe Briccodoro DOC (screw cap)$34.90
100% Arneis. Grown in south-easterly exposed vineyards of the farm in the Rivetti area of the Municipality of Neive. In the bottle for 3 months.
Lemon with greenish nuances. Intense with evident floral, citrus fruit (grapefruit and lime) and fresh aromatic herb notes. Very clean, fresh and harmonious.
Excellent with fish, seafood dishes, risottos and buffalo mozzarella.
3 Grappoli Bibenda 2018
N/V Carmina Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13 Marca Trevigiana IGT$26.90
Precious cross of Pinot Bianco and Riesling vines created by Professor Giovanni Manzoni.
Pale lemon with greenish hues. Enveloping and persistent with characteristic aromatic note that is somewhat reminiscent of honeycomb and Artemisia blossom. Balanced, dry, refined and velvety body.
Recommended with fish, oysters, white meat, soups, vegetable soufflés and aged cheeses.
2017 Stocco Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC$26.90
100% Pinot Grigio. Lemon with slight amber hues. Fresh nose. Generous flavour, followed by a typically bitterish aftertaste.
Excellent with starters, fish based meals; light vegetable soups and white meat.
2 Bicchieri Rossi Gambero Rosso 2017
2014 Stocco Ribolla Gialla Delle Venezie IGT$24.90
100% Ribolla Gialla. 6 months ageing on lees. Lemon colour. Fruity and floral notes reminiscent of acacia blossom and wild flowers. Savoury palate with a soft, dry finish.
Perfect with cold starters, sweet and sour sauces, soups, vegetables and fish.
3 Grappoli Bibenda 2016
2015 Stocco Malvasia Delle Venezie IGT$26.90
100% Malvasia Istriana. Lemon with greenish tinges. Fermentation in stainless steel. 6 months ageing on lees. It has a dry note, with lively hints of tropical fruit and spice, and reminiscent of apricot and peach. Fresh and lively on the palate.
Ideal served as an aperitif but is also sublime with soups, and grilled fish. It pairs magnificently with crustaceans.
3 Grappoli Bibenda 2016
2015 Vigna Traverso Sottocastello Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC$56.30
80% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Deep golden yellow. Extremely elegant wine with complex aromas reminiscent of ripe fruit, wild flowers and Asian spices, which blend well with the oak wood toasting. Firm, well-rounded structure, plush on the palate.
A fine accompaniment to seafood (in particular baked fish), smoked dishes and poultry.
96 points Luca Maroni