Santa Caterina "Arlandino" Grignolino D'Asti, 2019, 750ml
Grignolino is a finicky grape with a delicate color, tart acidity, and edgy tannins. It goes against the grain of the traditional American palate that craves soft, juicy, fruit-forward wines. The name comes from the same word than means “grimace,” because the wine can be tart and tannic. For hundreds of years, this wine was held in high regard, but trends of the last half of the 20th Century left farmers turning their backs on this noble grape for vines easier to manage and promote, like Nebbiolo and Barbera. Notably, one of the biggest supporters of this unique grape is the current Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, whose affection for this wine has helped garner attention throughout Italy. It is also ardent supporters, like Guido Carlo Alleva, who are fighting to reestablish the splendor of this indigenous variety. Indeed, there is nothing else like it. We love the tension and energy that emerges from such a delicately colored wine. When well managed on premium sites, this intense but delicate wine exudes remarkably perfumed fresh flowers, red berries, and a crisp, spicy white pepper note that leaves the palate with kinetic finish.