'03 Poderi Capecci Offida Pecorino, 'Ciprea'
My first experience with this grape. According to the back label, Pecorino is the grape that is "recognized as the ancestor of all white pinot varietals". It was apparently thought extinct until re-discovered in the '70's. Offida is the DOC.
13% alcohol, 100% Pecorino. Somewhere in the $15 - $20 range.
Deep lemon-yellow color. Aromas are floral and herbal rather than fruity and lead one to expect an acidic, minerally wine. This is only partly the case. There is plenty of acidity and some mineral character but the wine is not at all lean. Instead, it's nutty and almost oily in texture. After sitting overnight in the fridge, this subsides a bit and the wine is closer to tasting as taut as it smells.
Overall, this is a decent and interesting quaff. Not profound but not your run-of-the-mill white either.
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