Perticaia Trebbiano Spoletino 2017
Straw yellow with typical greenish hues. Tropical fruit fragrances and yellow flowers aromas. A full-bodied wine, with an enjoyable freshness.
It accompanies fish and seafood very well, as well as white meat, and is an excellent aperitif.
It is a wine that can easily age for 4-5 years in the bottle, notably improving its quality over time and acquiring a surprising complexity.
Centered upon the lush Apennine Range in the center if the Italian peninsula, Umbria is one of the few completely landlocked regions in Italy. It’s star red grape variety, Sagrantino, finds its mecca around the striking, hilltop village of Montefalco. The resulting wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, is an age-worthy, brawny, brambly red, bursting with jammy, blackberry fruit and earthy, pine forest aromas. By law this classified wine has to be aged over three years before it can be released from the winery and Sagrantino often needs a good 5-10 more years in bottle before it reaches its peak. Incidentally these wines often fall under the radar in the scene of high-end, age-begging, Italian reds, giving them an almost cult-classic appeal. They are undoubtedly worth the wait!
Rosso di Montefalco, on the other had, is composed mainly of Sangiovese and is a more fruit-driven, quaffable wine to enjoy while waiting for the Sagrantinos to mellow out.
Among its green mountains, perched upon a high cliff in the province of Terni, sits the town of Orvieto. Orvieto, the wine, is a blend of at least 60% Trebbiano in combination with Grechetto, with the possible addition of other local white varieties. Orvieto is the center of Umbria’s white wine production—and anchor of the region’s entire wine scene—producing over two thirds of Umbria’s wine. A great Orvieto will have clean aromas and flavors of green apple, melon and citrus, and have a crisp, mineral-dominant finish.
Also known as Ugni Blanc in France, Trebbiano claims a top slot in white grape vineyard acreage on a global scale. This amber colored variety is productive and very widely planted in both France and Italy, the world’s two major wine-producing countries. There are six distinct varieties with Trebbiano as part of their name in Italy alone and it is cited in over 80 DOC regulations—more than any other single variety.
Trebbiano Toscano, one of the most popular, is deliciously light and crisp. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo actually has some aging potential when handled carefully. Ugni Blanc is responsible for the whites in the southwest of France called Gascogne Blanc.
Characterized by green melon, lemon grass, apple flavors and a long, tingling finish, these are fun and often value-priced so make great alternatives to Sauvignon Blanc if you’re looking for something new to try.