The Lungarotti family is the biggest wine producer in the Torgiano DOC in the central Italian province of Umbria. Adept at making high-quality values, the Lungarottis are also a leading cultural force in Umbria, overseeing a world-class wine museum, an olive museum and a foundation that finances projects focusing on Italy’s agrarian economy.
I’m always on the hunt for high-value whites, and their Torre di Giano Bianco blend fits the bill. It is a mix of 70 percent Trebbiano and 30 percent Grechetto. The hardy and high-yielding Trebbiano grape (known as Ugni Blanc in France) is the most widely planted white grape in Italy. Grechetto, which has Greek origins, is a key blending grape in Umbria, where it takes important roles in the whites of Torgiano and Orvieto.
This wine was fermented in stainless steel and then aged on the lees (the yeast cells left over after fermentation), which gives it a pleasant added richness. Featuring aromas of honeysuckle and almonds, with flavors of ripe honeydew melon, fig and hints of apricot, this wine finishes creamy and fresh. It makes for a fine aperitif or would pair well with roasted pork or poultry. I rated it 88 points, non-blind, and it costs just $15 a bottle.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Lungarotti Torgiano White Torre di Giano 2006 (85, $14).
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