Something light and fragrant, with pleasant balance and pretty fruit. That's what I wanted to sip before dinner on a recent spring evening. Nothing too elaborate or challenging. Just easy to drink, with enough interesting flavors so it wouldn't be boring.
I snatched up a bottle of Donnafugata Ansonica-Catarratto Sicilia Anthìlia 2007, just $13, because my colleague James Suckling had patted it on the back last year with an enthusiastic rating, and it earned our Best Values designation. It was just what I wanted. Grapefruit, I thought, as I took the first whiff. Then a hint of mineral and floral character, like citrus flowers. It filled the mouth with flavor, but stayed in the light balance range. 87 points, non-blind.
This widely available Sicilian white (79,000 cases made) is a great summer sipper, and you could drink it with appetizers of light vegetables, fresh cheese or seafood. I sure liked it with some fresh ricotta and olive oil.
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