You know how a great film can sometimes be followed by a disappointing sequel…think The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project or Speed 2; well I think I may have found a vinous example of this. Last year, I enjoyed and reviewed Piccini Memoro a patriotic red blend of grapes from the four corners of Italy, which made me think that every bottle came with a free rendition of their national anthem.
Piccini Memoro Bianco is the white equivalent. It’s a blend of 40% Viognier from Sicily, 30% Chardonnay from Trentino, 20% Vermentino from Tuscany and 10% Pecorino – an ancient Italian grape from the Marche (a region on the “calf” of Italy’s boot).
In the red wine, I completely bought the whole is greater than the sum of the parts idea; in the white what I found was that the result was rather nondescript.
The wine is a pale straw gold colour and looks quite unctuous in the glass. I’m guessing that’s the Viognier. It smells faintly of apples and honey, and tastes similarly. There’s not much refreshing acidity and at 14% I did feel the alcohol. The press release and other wine reviewers have hinted at more complex herby flavours – but I didn’t get them. Neither did The Analyst, who was unusually mono-syllabic about this wine.
I wondered if I was drinking the wine too cold and so went back to it a bit later. I think I detected some peachy aromas and definitely got apricot flavours but still no herbs.
Piccini Memoro Bianco is available in Tesco at an introductory offer of £5 through until the end of January 2013 when its price will be £9.49. Its ‘brother’ red wine is also a fiver until the start of January and I’d recommend purchasing a bottle of that instead. Go for the original and not the sequel.
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