A monthly review of an easily obtainable wine that’s had a recommendation somewhere in a National newspaper. Always posted just before the usual monthly theme, this may be the latest post for only a few days…

“Villa Flora” Laguna 2012 (Zenato) – 13% – Waitrose £10

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The June topic is Pinot Noir. So I thought an Italian white might fit the bill for WOTM.

Laguna is a DOC at the Southern extremity of Lake Garda. The grape is Trebbiano de Luguna, a local synonym for Verdiccio, a grape more famous on the East coast. The producer, Zenato, is probably better known for wines (including Amarone) in Valpolicella – round the corner on the East bank of the Lake.

The wine is bright with golden tinges, and the nose shows floral notes – maybe honeysuckle – then hints of citrus and peach.

The palate is peachy too and slightly off-dry, striking citrus acidity with hints of lemon zest in a vaguely Chenin type package. There is a slightly confectionery quality in the fruit, especially at the finish. Despite the acidity there is warmth and an oily texture, but the wine is succulent. The initial peach fruit becomes richer and more tropical as the wine opens.

An aperitif style of wine with the same uses as an off-dry Vouvray. With enough acidity to encourage eating, and enough richness, body, and residual sugar to cope with olives or roasted salted almonds.

After vacuum sealing for 24 hours the wine seems much better integrated, the confectionery and distinctive sweet note are gone and the wine seems more refreshing, while balancing the richness. Clearly a year in the cellar would help. An interesting good value wine.

Ratings:  Quality: 15/20      Value: 16/20

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