Sub-region: Greco di Tufo
Grape(s): Greco 100%
Greco is, with Fiano, one of the two great white varieties of Southern Italy -- and it may be even older than Fiano, though the case lies beyond proof. What's certain is that it can make refined, fresh, balanced whites which belie their latitude. Take a sniff of this wine and you might imagine you were up in the mountains, or close to some great ocean: it's fresh, sappy, ripely green, almost evoking Pessac-Leognan or the Pinot Bianco wines of Alto Adige. On the palate, it's true, you feel the southern width, depth, sinew and plump fruits, yet the poise and freshness sketched out on the nose never leaves the wine. Might Italy's greatest wines in fact come from the country's south? Taste this, and wonder.
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