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Cantine San Marzano
San Marzano (Taranto)
Tasted October 19th, 2016
It all starts modest, with a little pear and melon. But then the citrus kicks in, with grapefruit taking the acidity to daringly high levels. And it ends with a nebula of eucalyptus and mentol. Did I notice some rosemary and thyme there ? That was pretty good.
Accompanied by gnocchi and cauliflower in a carbonara sauce. The remainder was enjoyed watching the semi-finals of the Great British Bake-off.
Poor Verdeca. For decades its only role was to anonymously supply alcohol for Vermouth. With the demand for the latter sinking, the grape seemed to be destined to extinction. Happily the smart folks at San Marzano have taken the initiative to bottle the grape standalone. I think it deserves to survive. And what about blending it with, say, Fiano ?
The food / drink pairing was mediocre at best, to be honest. I needed a wine that could withstand the salt and fat of the carbonara sauce, and the Verdeca delivered. But really, this wine screams for grilled fish and fresh vegetables, preferrably enjoyed along the seaside.