Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive allocation of a rare Italian white for our operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Frecciarossa
Wine Subject: 2010 Sillery Otrepo Pavese Pinot Nero White
Backgrounder: The Otrepo Pavese in Italy’s Lombardy region, represents over 40 communes south of the Po River. Many of the vineyards and wineries in this region sell their grapes to wineries in the Piedmont. Some of the specialized wines in this region include the Oltrepo Pavese Buttafucco and Altrepo Pavese Sangue di Giuda. Today’s selection is 100% Pinot Nero but is vinified to keep the wine a refreshing white.
Look – Brilliantly clear and extremely pale straw-yellow in color that becomes nearly clear at the edges. When swirled, this wine settles quickly in the glass and leaves widely spaced medium legs on the side of the glass.
Smell – Fresh and bright with aromas of tart citrus along with hints of fresh tropical and red fruit as well. Just under the fruit are notes of white flower blossoms, soft exotic spice and even subtle green herbal and mineral notes.
Feel – This dry white wine is full-bodied with vibrant and fresh acidity that frames the fruit and other flavors. Fine tannins and mineral notes hit at the mid-palate and dries the tongue as the flavors linger.
Taste – Flavors of fresh citrus, tropical and red fruit are framed by white floral notes. Tart, almost tingly acidity and mineral notes keeps the flavor profile fresh and lively as the citrus lingers on and on.
Finish – Clean, and long with the tart and tangy citrus fruit lasting and drying the palate as the floral, mineral and soft herbal notes fade.
Conclusion – The 2010 Frecciarossa Sillery Oltrep Pavese Pinot Nero White is a fantastic alternative to your typical fresh and dry white. Highly aromatic and vibrant on the nose and crisp and refreshing on the palate. Enjoy this wine with fresh grilled seafood, ripe cheese or your appetizer and no need to cellar this wine as its drinking lovely right now.
The approximate location of the Frecciarossa can be seen in this satellite photo.