Italian White Wine

Italian White Wine


The Fifty Best Italian White WIne Tasting of 2017


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of recent release white wines from Italy, with 12 members of our wine judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the wines were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles. Only ice water and crusty white peasant bread were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each wine on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. Prices indicated do not include tax.



Luna Nuda
Pinot Grigio 2017

(Alto Adige)   $13

This wine was made from estate-grown 100% Pinot Noir grapes from vineyards noted for warm daytime and cool evening temperatures.

Aroma: Pear, peach, stone fruit, unripe apple, green apple skin, mild lemon, marshmallow, apple blossoms, wildflowers, floral, grassy, spicy, oak.

Palate: Juicy Gala apple, green apple, pear, white peach, slightly sweet peach, spicy stone fruit, citrus, vanilla, floral, mild cedar, oak, rich.

Finish: Lychee, lemon-lime, creamy, vanilla, honeysuckle, pear blossom, soft, delicate.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio


Due Torri
Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017

(Tre Venezie)   $10

Made from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Grigio grapes that following a soft pressing, fermented at controlled-temperatures.

Aroma: Grapefruit, green apple, pineapple, stone fruit, sour cherry, melon, citrus, lemon, lemon zest, pear blossoms, floral, buttery, limestone, fresh.

Palate: Big grapefruit, melon, juicy nectarine, sour cherry, lemon, citrus, rosewater, saffron, smooth, clean, fresh, fun, elegant.

Finish: Green apple, pear, key lime, lemon, rose petal jam, fresh, clean, crisp.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Due Torri Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie



Astoria Alisia
Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017

(Tre Venezie)   $11

To make this wine, hand-harvested Pinot Grigio (100%) from 8-14 years old vineyards were crushed, and the skins kept in contact with the juice for a few weeks during fermentation. The wine was then filtered and bottled.

Aroma: Peach, pineapple, juicy apples, apple cider, tangerine, citrus, gooseberry, raisins, honey, white blossom, ginger, clove, pepper, sauvignon blanc, clean.

Palate: Peach, nectarine, stone fruit, mango, tangerine, citrus, lime pith, grassy, mild canella, fresh acidity.

Finish: Mango, papaya, citrus, acidity, New Zealand style sauvignon blanc, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Astoria Alisia Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie

Albino Armani
Pinot Grigio Corvara Valdadige 2017

(Valdadige)   $15

This wine was made from hand-harvested 100% Pinot Grigio that following a long, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel was aged on its lees (wasted yeast).

Aroma: Gala apple, Red Delicious apple, green apple, pear, unripe nectarine, melon, lemon, citrus, peach blossom, jasmine rice, spicy, applewood sauvignon blanc, classic pinot grigio.

Palate: Anjou pear, yellow apple, orchard fruit, melon, grapefruit, bright citrus, raw cinnamon, spicy, texture, clean, crisp, refreshing.

Finish: Cherries, creamy, apple-cinnamon, apple skin, sauvignon blanc, refreshing, rich, luxurious.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Albino Armani Pinot Grigio

Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2016

(Sicily)   $25

To make this wine, hand-selected grapes (90% Carricante & 10% Riesling) from the Mt. Etna area were fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lees (wasted yeast) for six months before bottling.

Aroma: Granny Smith apple, unripe apple, white peach, orchard fruit, citrus, herbs, mild honey, banana cream, brie rind, Old World funk, mineral.

Palate: Granny Smith apple, unripe apple, orchard fruit, citrus, lees, buttery, salty, ocean, mineral, tangy, high acid, Old World Bulgarian style.

Finish: Granny Smith apple, pear, lemon, citrus pith, funky, lees, effervescent, crisp.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante

Vino dei Fratelli
Pinot Grigio 2017

(Collio)   $13

Made from hand-harvested 100% Pinot Grigio grapes, this wine underwent temperature-controlled fermentation and aging for six months in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Stone fruit, guava, citrus, apple blossoms, floral, herbal, fenugreek seeds, earthy, stones, sauvignon blanc.

Palate: Honey Crisp apple, Red Delicious apple, green apple, white peach, pear, melon, light honey, low acid, fresh, clean.

Finish: Apple, skinless apple, cloves, lemony sauvignon blanc, well-balanced, soft, elegant.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Vino dei Fratelli Pinot Grigio


Pinot Grigio 2017

(Collio) $18

This wine was made from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Grigio grapes from San Floriano del Collio that were fermented at controlled temperatures over two weeks and aged in stainless steel for five months before bottling.

Aroma: Red Delicious apple, tart Golden apple, Bosc pears, unripe pear, citrus, light pineapple, mild lemon, honey, white blossom, gardenia, light floral, mineral, oak.
Palate: Pear, underripe pear, fruit salad, tangerine, orange blossom, honey, gardenia, oak, tangy, acidic, soft, pleasant, easy-drinking.
Finish: White peach, dry pear, citrus, very light lemon, tangerine pith, clean, rich.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Luisi Pinot Grigio

Ascevi Luwa
Ceròu Pinot Grigio 2017

(Collio) $18

This wine was fashioned from 100% Pinot Grigio grapes that were hand-harvested and fermented for two weeks at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, with aging for six months also in stainless steel tanks.

Aroma: Pear, apple cinnamon, spice, floral, spring blossoms, hay, sweet cream butter, brie rind, funky, mineral, salty, oaky.
Palate: Macintosh apples, Golden apple, ripe pear, white peach, orchard fruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, tangy, slight spice, funky, good structure.
Finish: Pear, apple cider, floral, cinnamon, cloves, funky, oak, good structure.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Ascevi Luwa Ceròu Pinot Grigio




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