Bruna "U Baccan" 2011
|Winemaker(s):||Francesca Bruna & Roberto Germani||ABV:||13.5%|
|Origin:||Ranzo, Riviera Ligure di Ponente (DOC), Italy||Closure:||Cork|
|Life Span:||Based on the winegrowers' experience of earlier vintages, it is drinking now till perhaps 2020!|
Is there truly much of a difference between Pigato and Vermentino? The geneticists may say not, but taste a wine like this, from a bottling run of merely 2,500 and stringently selected from Bruna's oldest vines (more than fifty years old) and you can really pick up Pigato's distinctively savoury qualities: punchy, perfumed and oh-so-palatable.
"U Baccan" in the Ligurian dialect means "the boss". Look at the axe-wielding chap on the label - would you mess with him? We didn't think so either. This is the wine from Bruna's stable with the greatest ageing potential, keeping its acidity well, and indeed their 1999 vintage is still showing strong today so this could keep for a while yet. It is deeply coloured, richly fruited, almost honeyed like a dry Vouvray, and with so much complexity to play with already yet plenty still to come too.
"Remarkable and distinctive, yet subtle in its charms. Repays attention, and will age well." Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
Flavours: Really aromatic herbs on the nose, such as sage and thyme, then peaches and apricots, balsamic notes, tomato leaf, and a honeyed finish
Victuals: Like the locals do, with the freshest seafood, though a rich white like this will stand up to white meats too, even rabbit
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