Tasted double blind. Pungently mineral nose; powdered stone, kiwi fruit, pears, exotic flowers. Strangely rich and heavy palate without the raw, racy acidity I expected from the nose. I surrendered without a guess.
This is wine. Feels no alcohol. Feels lighter than water. Words describing any resemblance to any fruit fail. So simple and pure. Like listening to bach's goldberg variations. Simple Garganega theme, played with perfect polyphonic balance and infinitely shifting nuances, eventually returns to simplicity again and then starts again. 94-95.
Giueseppe Quintarelli has long been a favorite producer of mine, and this refreshing white selection from the Veneto is an affable blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Savignon Bianco, Chardonnay and Saorin. Post fermentation this wine sees regular battonage, a technique of stirring the less which adds richness and texture. On the nose, ripe pear, white flowers, anise and minerally overtones. Medium-bodied, yet nimble at 12.5% ABV, with notes of wet stone, lemon zest and chalk on a medium-plus finish.
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