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Senior editor James Molesworth joined Wine Spectator in 1997. He reviews Bordeaux, the Loire, the Rhône, South Africa and New York's Finger Lakes.
James Molesworth

An Italian Discovery

Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso La Rustìa 2009

James Molesworth
Posted: November 8, 2010

Erbaluce may not be a household name, but it is proof that even obscure grapes can produce delicious wine when handled earnestly. This Italian white from Piedmont, made by Orsolani, was a modest $40 on the wine list at I Trulli, a casual, warm Italian restaurant that has been a New York institution for years.

The wine offered delicious lemon and peach flavors, with a floral edge and a bright, fresh finish that was both zippy and round. It was a perfect starter wine for my lunch, with folks ordering a range of foods from white bean and escarole soup to beet salad. 88 points, non-blind.

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