Barberani Luigi E Giovanna Orvieto Classico Superiore 2015
This wine shows a more contemplative and sophisticated approach to local Orvieto winemaking tradition. A blend of 90% Grechetto with smaller parts Trebbiano and Procanico, the 2015 Orvieto Classico Superiore Luigi & Giovanna offers loads of honey, orchard fruit and exotic saffron powder. Some 5% of the fruit is late-harvest with Botrytis cinerea, and this tiny addition makes all the difference, adding so much more depth and complexity to this beautiful white wine that ages in large oak casks for 12 months. Pair it with delicate chicken tenders marinated in lemon juice.
The 2015 Luigi & Giovanna shows incredible depth and richness on the nose, as dried peaches fade to smoky hazelnut, savory herbs and earthy mineral notes. It floods the palate with velvety, almost oily textures, yet this isn't weighty, as brisk acids carry the ripe fruits and subtle sweet spices wonderfully. The finish is long, showing honeyed florals, tropical yellow fruits and an air of confectioner's sugar. The warmth of the vintage comes through in this large-scale Orvieto, a blend of 90% Grechetto and 10% Trebbiano Procanico, yet it manages to maintain balance throughout.
Round and creamy, this is light- to medium-bodied, with aromatic accents of crushed almond and cherry blossom woven through the nectarine and candied lemon peel flavors. Subtly honeyed on the finish. Drink now through 2021.