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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