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Casale del Giglio - Bellone Lazio 2022 (750ml)

 
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Producer Casale del Giglio
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Varietal Bellone
Vintage 2022
Sku 03346
Size 750ml
ABV 13.50%

Bellone was the dominant grape of this hills and valleys of Lazio, the region around Rome, in antiquity, made into a strong, sweet, nutty-brown wine consumed Roman elites at day-long symposia. After phylloxera, it was nearly wiped out by the spread of less interesting, if higher producing, Tebbiano.  But studies done by Casale del Giglio’s founder Bernadino Santarelli demonstrated conclusively that Bellone is Lazio’s highest quality white grape.  Now plantings are on the rise, but Giglio’s remains one of the best.

In his landmark Wine Grapes of Italy, Ian d’Agata says, "Bellone is a magical grape...a telltale luscious texture and juicy acidity, and delightful honeyed, citrus, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors.” That’s a pretty good description of the 2022 Giglio Bellone!  There’s plenty of gentle fruit and a big, juicy, pop of refreshing acidity, but this dry, crisp, white remains easy to drink solo or with all kinds of salads, cheeses and lighter dishes. One of the best-selling whites in the shop for the past five years and better than ever now!

For You If:  You like the mouthfeel and flavor of crisp Italian whites and want just a touch more fruit and flavor; you’re after a wine with enough citrus and stone fruit for a Sauvignon Blanc drinker without the herby bite and tang; you’re ready to take your Italian white game beyond Pinot Grigio.

Not For You If:  You’re after full-bodied and/or oaky whites; you’re after the flavors of grapefruit like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

James Suckling: 91 Points

“Aromas of fresh stone fruits, such as white peach and nectarine, followed by notes of lime zest and some chalkiness. Medium-bodied and bright with fresh, snappy acidity. Vibrant, but not demanding. Delicious now.”

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