Based on the wines that I’ve reviewed last year, what would you guess my favourite wine would be? A wine from France or Washington State? A Pinot Noir or Syrah? Well those would be good guesses, but not correct.
My Ultimate Favourite Wine for 2012
I tasted this wine at a seminar during the Taste of Tulalip. The wine maker is Mr. Lucio Gomiero from Italy. The wine is white, made from the Fior d’Arancio grape, a relative of Muscat. Have I lost you yet? I hope not.
Colli Euganei DOC Fior d’Arancio Passito 2007. The actual production of this wine is quite amazing. The grapes are picked then dried for 4 months inside the winery to shrivel under cool temperature. In January the dried grapes are crushed (you only get 20% of the juice from these dried grapes), giving a syrup as thick as honey then fermented in barrels for two of years. After the 2nd year the natural fermentation stops and it is then bottled. The wine is sold in 375ml bottles. Very limited production.
The wine is medium amber in colour. Very aromatic with honey, sweet spices, nutmeg, apricots and orange peel aromas. Medium plus body, sweet, with apricots, orange peel, honey, tropical fruit, and lychee flavours, with some rose and spice on the finish. It is very round in your mouth and has a very intense flavour. Very complex. Long length. Exceptional. If you don’t drink the wine all at once in your glass there will be some light herbal notes showing up after 5-10 minutes of being exposed to air. It was wonderful to slowly sip this wine and enjoy all it’s complexities.
The wine is at an amazing price of €15.50, but it is probably a bit more when it makes it here to North America. For more information about this wine, follow this link.