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Weekly Wine – Papa’s blended white

5 Jul

Fontana Di Papa White
2016
Italy
750ml
11% ABV
$7.60 (LCBO)

There are some blended wines that are nice.
I know this because I have tasted them.
Usually those are ones that take two good solid wine varieties and blend these wines to get the best of both worlds.
The blended wines that are not pleasant to drink usually do not state what grapes are in them – so you have to imagine that it is the dregs that are poured into a large vat and blended to come up with a barely passable concoction.
Usually the blended grape varieties are proudly displayed up front. On this wine they are hidden in the fine print in the back – why?

The wine is tart. Sharp.
Quite distinct.
The flavours are subtle – lemon, very faint. There is something else – but like a delicate seasoning on a dish, the flavours are meant to enhance and not stand out.
The grapes here are Trebbiano and Malvasia. I’ve had the former and the latter is new to me. They work well together.
A very nice wine.

 

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