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What it resembles: High-end Italian Pinot Grigio from the Collio region in Friuli, or some of the so-called Super-Friulians, expensive multi-variety white blends, also from Collio.
Varietal Composition: The dominant grape in our Cristallo blend is the Georgian Rkatsiteli, widely planted in eastern Europe. A high-acid grape of very high quality, its wines are seldom exported. We combine it ( at about 70-90%) with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Melon de Bourgogne. Melon is the sole variety in the Loire wine known as Muscadet, sometimes referred to as the quintessential “oyster wine”.
What it resembles: The classic Semillon blends are with Sauvignon Blanc, where Semillon provides body; we take a different path. Imagine good dry Semillon, as from the Southern Hemisphere, plus dry Gewurztraminer, plus dry but fruity Chenin Blanc, topped off with exotic citrus notes from Orange Muscat. Dry though, not sweet.
Fiano, a native of deep south region Campania, is one of maybe 3-4 top white varietals to make memorable wines according to Italian wine critics. Our Fiano is blended with around 10% Falanghina, a very similar style of wine. Nuanced with a minerally finish.