Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM Posted by David
I threw in an odd Italian white this time because I was having trouble at my local Liquee Mart finding French whites, besides chardonnays, that I hadn't tried.
This 2007 Gavi from Batasiolo is made from Cortese grapes and hails from the northwest part of the top of the boot. This is a grape I wasn't familiar with, so I looked it up on wikipedia: "Wines made from Cortese (particularly those from the DOCG Gavi) have long been favored by restaurants in the southern neighboring port of Genoa as a wine pairing with the local seafood caught off the Ligurian coast. The wine's moderate acidity and light, crisp flavors pair well with the delicate flavors of some fish." It's also an old grape, with records of it going back to the mid-1600s.
I like the wine, which I got for $15. It was a little more acidic than other whites I've drunk lately, but it also had more nose. I found it fruity; the label makes claims for pear and lemon notes, which I'd agree with. My notes say it reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc.
The other wine is a 2009 Vauvion Vouvray from the Loire Valley, which ran me ... well, check out the picture. This one's made from Chenin Blanc grapes and hails from the the Touraine district.
This is a sweeter wine and not particularly acidic. My notes say pear and vanilla and that it would go well with cheese and fruit, not red meat. The bottle label recommends it as an aperitif or with dessert, so I guess I was on the mark. Two very drinkable and enjoyable whites.