Sunday, 16 September 2012

Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” Veneto IGT (2011)

Founded by Pietro Alighieri in 1353 (the son of Dante Alighieri who was exiled to Verona previously) the Serego Alighieri estate and winery has one of the longest histories of winemaking in all of Veneto. Located near to Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (North West of Verona, in North East Italy), 21 generations later the Serego Alighieri estate is still owned by Pietro’s direct descendants. Today collaborating with the Masi winery, the wines of Serego Alighieri reflect both the distinguished heritage of the estate and the continuous innovation driven by the scientific research of Masi.

The only white wine made using grapes drawn from the Serego Alighieri estate, this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is formed of a blend of the traditional white grape of the Soave designation (Garganega) and a lesser (25%) proportion of the “international” grape variety Sauvignon Blanc. Vinified separately, the Garganega component of this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” was exclusively fermented in stainless steel tanks whilst the Sauvignon Blanc component of this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” was initially fermented in steel tanks prior to being passed into oak barriques for three months. Once this period was complete, the Sauvignon Blanc and Garganega that composed this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” were blended and allowed to settle in bottle for two months prior to commercial release.

In the glass this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is a pale lemon colour. Whilst alcoholic legs can be observed when the wine is swirled, an alcoholic content of 12.5% abv mean that these legs are not large.

Aromatically, this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is a little surprising. Despite the fact that Garganega accounts for the majority of this wine, it is the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc component that leads the aromas of this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” with notes of herbs that then segue into more subtle peach notes derived from the Garganega.

Dry and fairly light on the palate this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is long, smooth and elegant. Subtle white fruit notes are perfectly balanced by flavours of pear and green apple. There is a good level of flavour intensity but this is not a “statement wine”, instead this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is simply technically accomplished and very well balanced. Prevalent acidity keeps this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” refreshing and drives the palate to an impressively lengthy finish.

Drinking well now, this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is not really designed to age in bottle and so should be consumed within two years of vintage.
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Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” Veneto IGT (2011)

Score: 88/100 – This 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is a subtle, nuanced and very well balanced wine. An intelligently considered vinification process is as unusual as it is successful and is the difference between this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” being a mediocre wine and a wine that is really very accomplished.

Value for Money: 7/10 – Retailing for around £12 in the UK (although not widely available) this 2011 Serego Alighieri “Possessioni Bianco” is not an inexpensive wine, but it is a wine where quality is comparable with price.
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