Name: 2004 Urciuolo Greco Di Tufo
Region: Campania, Italy
We had people over last night and all they wanted was white wine! In anticipation of guests, I headed to my local wine shop and bought a case of wine. Mind you, not twelve bottles of the same thing, rather; 2 bottles each of 6 different wines. The consensus: the first hint of spring has people in a white wine frame of mind and the 2004 Urciuolo Greco Di Tufo rocked!
Greco Di Tufo is a DOCG in Campania, the stretch of land around Italy's Amalfi Coast. Campania is Italy's oldest wine growing region. Legend has it that Greco was brought from what is now Greek Macedonia 2500 years ago, before the birth of Christ. Writings show that Greco wines were praised for centuries before nearly disappearing 100 years ago. Fortunately a resurgence in ancient Italian varietals (Falanghina, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo & Fiana) has breathed new life into these old varieties.
Greco Di Tufo wines should be pale straw in color with flavors of peach, melon, stone and almond. Though they have great acidity, these are not sharp, bracing wines; rather the acidity is just enough to prevent the wine from being laden in the mouth.
Urciuolo is a family estate that prides themselves in organic winemaking and respecting the ancient traditions of the region. As I mentioned earlier, the 2004 Greco Di Tufo stood out from the other wines. Positively delicious and exactly what a Greco should be. This wine would be perfect with seafood.
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