The 2011 Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani is 100% Grechetto grown on Arnold-Capri Estate vineyards on the Colli Martani DOC located on the left bank of the Tiber River in the Montefalco region of Umbria in Central Italy. The Grechetto grape made one of the most popular wines during the Renaissance and in Montefalco it was a source of local pride, it was sort of the deep dish pizza or the Philly Cheesesteak of its time, when you went to Montefalco you had to try the Grechetto. In most of central Italy, Grechetto is grown as a blending grape, but in Colli Martani DOC, Grechetto is a single varietal wine. Arnaldo-Caprai has been producing the Grecante Grechetto since 1989. This wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months, then aged another 3 months in the bottle before release. The alcohol content is 13%.
The color is daisy yellow with a slight olive green tint. The nose is sweet and fragrant, honeysuckle and magnolia, clover honey, pineapple and peach. This is a dry wine with a substantial mouthfeel. It tastes of apple mixed with lemon/lime, dried peach slices, pineapple tinged with honey and the lime from a gin and tonic. The mid palate brings along some dried apricot, a soft swipe of minerality and late hit of tart grapefruit. The flavors are full, but this is a well balanced wine with outstanding length. There is a solid dose of acidity that runs thru-out the entire body of the wine, just the right amount to balance the wine when paired with food. The finish is long and will last until you take your next sip.
The Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani is lovely wine well priced at $19.99. Beautifully fragrant and flavorful, nicely balanced, textured and nuanced, bold and delicate at the same time. If you have not tried a Grechetto from Colli Martani you should seek one out, these are definitely wines worth knowing.