Albarola, Colli di Luni, Cantina Lunae, Liguria 2015

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Albarola, Colli di Luni, Cantina Lunae, Liguria 2015

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If you haven't heard of the grape variety, Albarola, you may know it by one of its other names, Bianchetta Genovese, Calcatella di Sarzana, Erbarola or Temosci. Didn't think so! That's because it's rarely mentioned on a wine label, because it's usually one of the silent partners in Cinque Terre blends, where it supports the leading player, Vermentino.

I've always been a huge fan of Albarola (I'd never heard of it before) and this is one of the finest examples I have ever tasted (it's the only one I've ever tasted). It's a seriously stylish Italian white that should be in the fridge doors of all those people tired of Sauvignon Blanc, because it shares a little of Sauvignon's fruit character (lime, elderflower and gooseberry), but shows more of a marine influence as well as a Mediterranean quality in its notes of wild flowers and herbs. It's a great white to bring to a dinner party, because it's unusual (kudos), stylish (more kudos) and tastes delicious (do come again). 13% alc. Drink now-2018.

Jancis Robinson (Walter Speller): "Stainless steel only. Cryomaceration of 30 hours prior to alcoholic fermentation. Pineapple and peach kernel and a little like Sauvignon Blanc. Mouth-watering spicy lemon fruit. Intriguing, even if it reminds me a little of Sauvignon Blanc, but still loads of character." 16.5 points

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