Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2007 Sicilia

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2007 Cusumano Insolia, IGT Sicilia.

Brand new wine experience! I absolutely adore Sicilian red wines, nero d'avola among others, but this is a real treat. I've never drank a white wine of Sicilia, never mind one made from insolia grape. Come to think of it, I don't drink many Italian white wines at all, which is a shame. Really should be making an effort to try more than the usual riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, etc...

This is the wine which featured the glass stopper that impressed me so much. After tasting through this wine, I had a few questions about the philophy and image that the producer was trying to present.

In summary, this wine was voluptuous, but sinewy. Light golden colour, beautiful. Nose of citrus and herbs. Very rich in the mouth, but the acidity is what makes this wine spectacular. So well-balanced, perfect with the mostly vegetable and tofu dishes we were eating.

If I was tasting this blind, I would definitely have mistook this for a white Burgundy. No doubt. It's the creaminess and the incredibly vivacious acidity that makes it so special. No evidence of overt oak use, which is wonderful. Which leads to my question. If this producer is so forward-thinking and adventurous in terms of closures, then wouldn't that spirit carry over to how they grow and make the wines? I don't see a avant-garde, heavy-handed manipulation of the wine to suggest that this is made in the International Style.

That's a good thing, to be clear.

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