Botromagno 2003 Gravina ($10.99)
A blend of the regional white grape Greco (60%) and Malvasia (40%), this wine shows a clear, rather bright brass color in the glass. Delicious and complex aromas start with white fruit, wildflowers and aromatic herbs, with subtle hints of almond and banana oil, a lovely mix that's framed in the "oxidative" style that I find in good Southern Italian and Southern French whites alike. Its flavors are fresh and full, focused on fruit: pears and figs and lemons, clean and very tart, snappy acidity turning almost piercing - but pleasantly so - in a very long finish. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC, Leonardo Locascio Selections (May 24, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: A great wine with seafood or fish, also well-suited to chicken. We went the latter route, and a strong component of fresh tarragon from the herb garden in a chicken saute made this dish a beautiful match with the wine's herbal and floral notes.



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