Day 47. Wine 13.
One of my favorite bargain wines is a brother to this one. I am soon going to break my own rule by reviewing two wines by the same label, and here’s why: the red Farnese Sangiovese is scrumpdillyicious, and this white by the same winery, was, disappointedly, the opposite of that. Unfortuate, to say the least, and I WILL seek to redeem the winery by including a review of the red in the near future. For now, prepare to take notes on what NOT to buy: the Farnese Fantini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.
In the glass, this wine was a very pale straw colour. Looks lightweight in body.
On the nose, lemon, papaya, peach and grass notes, with a kind of funkiness on top of all that, like a Sauvignon Blanc cat pee thing. Not gross, but funky for sure.
On the palate, the citrus notes dominate, with green apple and grassy herbal notes as well. Good acidity but not bracing. A very quick finish.
Overall, a rather nondescript offering – inoffensive but nothing to get excited about, either. Definitely a food wine, I had this with crab cakes over greens with a Dijon vinaigrette. Would also pair well with roast chicken with herbs, or frites with garlic aioli.
Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Grapes: Trebbiano. Little known fact: this is the second most widely planted white grape in the world and is known by dozens of other names, including Ugni Blanc in France. Most of its production goes into brandy, and this may be a good thing. Perhaps that comment is unfair; I HAVE had good Trebb before and it’s a style I typically enjoy: light, good acidity. But this bottle did not capture the grape’s promise.
Price: $11.99 at Everything Wine
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★★ ½ Better wines can be had for this price!
The Music Match
Needing something simple, easy, and unremarkable in the music match for this wine. Brought to mind this fun one hit wonder from Charlie Sexton: 1984, I think. (That voice! That hair! Whatever happened to… ?)