Friday, July 3, 2009
GOING NATIVE IN SICILY
The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: Continuing with an Italian theme, I recently revisited the Cusumano Insolia 2007 from Sicily. This indigenous white grape creates a wine that one could say (and the importer, Vin Divino, does) is like a cross between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay in flavor. Indeed, the wildflower aromas you get when you first smell this wonderful white wine is quite nice. There are hints of lemon zest and fresh herbs as well. On the palate, you are greeted with lush, ripe tropical fruits like guava, mango, pineapple and orange, with notes of star anise, butter cookie, and even a sprig of thyme. It’s a lively, refreshing white wine that pairs up well with light white fish, shellfish, light chicken, or even some eggplant parmesan. It cries out for a warm summer night on the deck.