"The effects of good government on the countryside" (detail), Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1337-1339, Siena

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Cecubo?                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Some of the more: another day, another lesson thanks to Ian d'Agata and "Native Wine Grapes of Italy": Cecubo is the name of a wine made from the grape called Abbuoto, not to be confused with the grape sometimes called Cecubo, but which is probably just Tintilia in disguise... At present there are no commercial bottlings of Abbuoto, but d'Agata says that it "appears to be a very high-quality variety, allowing for complex, ageworthy red wines."  As you can see this one is a "Vino Classico". Someone please try it and let us know!

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And another modest lesson: Vernaccia di Orestano is a Sardinian wine that in the past was frequently vinified in the same manner and style as Fino and Amontillado Sherry; I assume that this one, with 15.5 alcohol, and "Pale Extra Dry" on the label, fits that description.

D'Agata writes:"A good Vernaccia di Oristano can be a thing of beauty, exuding aromas and flavors of dried apricots, hazelnut, almond paste, orange rind, fresh aromatic herbs, white chocolate, and faded flowers."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS: We would be lost without "Native Wine Grapes of Italy". Even if your affection for Italian wine is limited to Nebbiolo or Sangiovese, I believe you still need a copy just to enjoy your own disbelief at the mastery the author demonstrates in writing about those grapes, to say nothing of the ease and grace with which he draws us in and holds our attention. If you only have 2 books about Italian wine, this should be one of them. Jamie Wolff

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