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2014 Pecorino 'Giulia', Cataldi Madonna

2014 Pecorino 'Giulia', Cataldi Madonna

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Consistently one of my white wines of the year if only because this Pecorino delivers so much more than any other version at this level I've tried, and for such a good price - genuinely fine white wine. Vineyards at Cona, Frontone and Macerone are fermented in stainless steel for Luigi's 'junior' bottling that would compare favourably to anything from Alto-Adige, or even good Chablis. In the difficult 2014 harvest Luigi chose not to bottle his top, old-vine bottling (one of Italy's finest whites), so all that concentration has gone into this amazing value buy.

Bright gold-tinged straw. Aromas of green fig, yellow melon and lime; much less Sauvignon-like than in the recent past. Fresh and juicy, showing refreshing acid lift to the precise yellow melon and chamomile flavors. Finishes clean and long, with Pecorino-typical tannic bite. This refined, meatier-than-usual version of Giulia (which is Cataldi Madonna’s entry-level Pecorino wine) benefits from the addition of the top-of-the-line vecchie vigne Pecorino, which wasn’t bottled in 2014. This strikes me as the best Giulia bottling ever made, and at only 12.5% alcohol, which isn’t much for a grape variety that builds up sugar levels very easily. Drink 2015-2022 93pts **Vinous Favourite** - Ian d'Agata,, May 2015

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