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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Vineyard in Oltrepo Pavese

A misty morning in the vineyards; image from the Consorzio Vini DOC dell'Oltrepo Pavese page.

Every now and then, when I'm just about ready to declare that all Italian white wines are simple, boring stuff, I run into a remarkable exception that disproves that rule.

Here's such an example from Lombardy, a wine so exceptionally aromatic and complex that even my wife, who insists that it's a wine's duty to be red, kept coming back for more.

Piume 1995 Oltrepò Pavese Malvasia ($14.99)
Pale straw color. Startling aromas, a blend of intense spearmint and peppermint with bizarre but appealing herbal notes of caraway and dill. Crisp and fresh fruit flavor, full and tart and well-balanced, with those idiosyncratically delicious herb and mint flavors lingering in a very long finish. Importer: Elizabeth Imports, Denver. (Nov. 10, 1997)

I've been tasting quite a few Italian wines lately; to view other recent notes, check the Italy section of my Current Wine Notes page.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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