The Umbria region of Italy is the home of the smaller wine DOC of Orvieto, a village just south of Tuscany. The local cuisine features a lot of wild boar that traverse the area in packs, and to complement the wild game, delicious, hearty red wines are cultivated. But in Orvieto delicate, floral white wines are prized, matching up well with antipasto, seafood, and pasta dishes dressed with fresh olives and olive oil.
The Argillae Orvieto is a blend of grechetto and trebbiano with a few other varietals. The grechetto adds abundant citrus fruit, persimmon and a hint of ripe sweetness. More of the floral and herbal notes come from the trebbiano. I detected yellow petals and camomile with ample minerality–a wash of white rocks and chalky softness on the nose. The wine is still dry and refreshing, making it easy to drink and pair with lighter fare. It reminds me of a cross between sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. Drink it now with appetizers and steamed clams. I can’t wait for spring!