The Poderi dal Nespoli Pagadebit 2014 is 90% Bombino Bianco and 10% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from Poderi dal Nespoli 1929 (the winery, which was founded in 1929) DOC vineyards, located in the Hills of Forli area of Romagna, Italy. There are hundreds of different White grape varietals in Italy, each region and almost every town has its own White wine grape. The Bombino Bianco grape is usually found growing the region along the Adriatic Sea. The name Pagadebit translated to “paying debts or bills“, the Bombino grape is very hearty, producing abundant yields. Even if the other crops failed, the Bombino grapes would come thru, providing you with enough money to settle your debts and survive to the next year. The alcohol content is 12%.
The color is a pale golden-yellow. The nose is floral, almost perfume, citrus, tropical fruit and exotic spice. This is a fresh, ripe, yet delicate dry wine. It tastes of lemon, lime, peach and Golden Delicious apple. The mid-palate adds a light herbs and grapefruit. The flavors are balanced and under control. The acidity allows the wine to be bright and refreshing, while giving the wine enough length for the flavors to unfold. The finish is crisp, subtle and long.
I think of myself as a Red wine guy, but I have grown to love the White wines of Italy. It could take you a lifetime to explore all the various, unique White wines. Most of these wines have history, they have had decades and centuries to perfect the growing and production. And they have been tested, the communities in the surrounding area are serious about their wine, it needs to fit the cuisine and it better be better than the neighboring village. The Pagadebit is an elegant, delicious wine, it lists for $16.50 which pretty good for a wine that exhibits the terrior of an interesting region. As for pairing, this is a coastal wine, seafood, simply prepared fresh vegetables and light pastas are a natural choice. If you don’t live in a coastal area, Thai noodles, fish tacos and roasted chicken sound pretty good.