15/07/2012 – Adriano Vini, Langhe Sauvignon ‘Basarico’ 2010

Adriano Vini, Langhe Sauvignon ‘Basarico’ 2010, Italy
Despite the relentless rain in the UK for June and July 2012 I am still enjoying crisp, summery whites. And this is a little unusual too. It’s a Sauvignon Blanc, but one that comes from the Langhe region of Piedmont in northwest Italy – a relatively rare beast. The nose has a herbal influence (the wine’s name, Basarico, means ‘basil’ in local dialect) as well as fresh lemon and apple peel, suggeting a bit of weight and richness. It’s a Sauvignon more akin to Sancerre than Marlborough in style, though in the mouth the fruit is sweet and full, really filling the mouth with texture. With very good acidity in the finish and that fruit-filled mid-palate, a lovely food wine and a nice to try something a little bit different. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. 13.48, .