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Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or well-known wine regions. We hope that these wine recommendations will keep you gastronomically curious and your palate invigorated!
Goggiano ‘Brunot’ Grignolino d’Asti 2018
Grignolino, a local variety from Monferrato in the Piedmont wine region, is commonly made into light-colored, low-in-alcohol, aromatic, and easy-drinking wine. We’ve tasted several examples of Grignolino from Piedmont and also from Heitz Cellar in Napa Valley; most of those that we’ve tried fit into that profile: nice and joyful wine with something missing in the mid-palate, and then the seed tannins kick in in a surprising way.
The Grignolino d’Asti made by Goggiano Winery is arguably one of the very best examples of Grignolino. A family winery working with 20 hectares and producing about 100,000 bottles every year, not only do we think that Goggiano makes one of the best Grignolino, the Grignolino (and its Ruché comes a close second) might be the most memorable wine in its portfolio.
There is nothing more you want from Goggiano ‘Brunot’ Grignolino d’Asti 2018. It’s named after the man who manages the vineyard. The nose is Pinot Noir-like with more florality spike: redcurrant, red cherry and blueberry, underlined by fresh garden herbs, rose, and white flowers. On the palate, it has more mid-palate expression than most Grignolino wines. The palate’s lives up enough to to the nose’s intensity. The tannins are very controlled: not dry, not flavorful, just there to deliver a refreshingly clean finish. The wine is balanced and drinks well at 13.5% alcohol with lots of fruit quality. The finish is short but exits on a light-footed note.
We adore this wine so much. It’s something we would love to serve our guests who come into our home on a warm summer afternoon. After all, the local retail price is only 8 euros!
Food pairing advice: Go for a salty and savory pastry, which lends broadness to the wine’s mid-palate.
Score: 90/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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