Italian White Wines for Spring

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2011 Zenato Lugana San Benedetto 13% $14

Lugana, a famed winemaking region that hugs the southern edge of Lago di Garda in Northern Italy is produced with the local variety of Trebbiano, which genetically is virtually identical to Verdicchio. In the rather rich alluvial soils of Lugana, the grapes produce wines with a slightly rich, silken texture, full of soft orchard and citrus fruits and a nice mineral twang on the finish.

A nice suggestive sweet edge of baked apricot and lemon tart greets the nose followed by hints of jasmine, ginger and wild flowers. Relatively light-bodied, this is aromatic in the mouth, with a lovely spine of citrus flavors accented with hints of bitter apple, pollen and a touch of almond and orange rind. The finish picks up on the pithy flavors, extending the finish with lemon and lime notes. 88 points


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