When you want a glass of something fresh, chilled, and crowd-pleasing, you can’t beat northern Italy’s intensely aromatic whites. Elegant examples like this exclusive from maestro Alessandro Gallici are rarely found for less than $30 a bottle – and rarely outside Italy.
Alessandro’s Visionario is not only based on Luigi Felluga’s legendary Terre Alte (which sells for $60-plus a bottle) – but he also sources his grapes from the same hallowed hill (and has to be buzzed in through the massive gates by the team at Felluga Estate).
Past releases have scored major kudos from critics – including Luca Maroni (who rated the last vintage 93 points) and Master of Wine Julia Harding, who called Visionario “totally Italian and Venetian. Juicy, fresh, and complex.” We can’t wait to see what the experts have to say about this fresh 2017 edition.
To craft this hugely popular white – a white wine play on the famed (red) Super Tuscans – Alessandro marries local and international grapes from Friuli and Venezie. The Tocai Friuliano grape gives it body; Sauvignon Blanc imparts green-fruited notes; Chardonnay adds ripe citrus flavors; and late-harvested Gewürztraminer lends an ever-so-subtle kiss of sweetness.
Look forward to elegant aromas of stone fruit, with hints of almond and spice. On the palate, there's soft peach and green pear flavors, with a refreshing minerality and pleasing lemon zest notes. Enjoy it as a mouthwatering aperitif, or with fresh seafood dishes like mussels fra diavolo, grilled calamari, or herb-roasted branzino.
Race for a taste of this unique, northern Italian white … before it’s gone.