It was the last day of VinItaly 2022 and I was steering myself out of one of the 11 gigantic meeting halls when one of my logistics reps called me over to meet his friend Federico and taste his wines. Despite my rather thrashed palate, I obliged and was promptly enthralled, leaving a series of asterisks and exclamation points scribbled alongside various dots of spilled wine. Yes, it had been a long day.
Never one to commit to anything after a long day of tasting, I begged off but made certain to circle back up with Federico and get samples stateside. After re-tasting I determined I was, indeed, of sound mind when I made those scribbles and, after some tough negotiations (these are not inexpensive), committed to a variety of San Felo wines.
Normally $20-$25/bottle, this
92-point scoring (Raffele Vecchione- Winescritic.com) is a beautifully ripe rendition of Maremma Vermentino. It is an absolute screaming deal for $10!
Effusive bouquet of ripe honeysuckle, peach and nectarine perfectly lifted by sparkling minerality and a kiss of ginger. Juicy and vibrant on the palate with a long, mouthwatering finish. Pretty complex but simply delicious!