My mind flashes to one of the most famous movie lines ever, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry asking, “…feelin’ lucky, punk?”
“Yeah, actually, I do”, I’m thinking, having stumbled upon some very discounted bottles of Colledoro Solaluce 2005, remembering how good this wine drank last time I’d opened a bottle for dinner.
So, like a good little shopper, I buy a few bottles and head for home. That’s when I realize just what a lucky punk I am: the wine is drinking superbly, better even than I remember, entering into that window of prime time where a wine can really open the door to a different space.
I have written briefly on Colledoro Solaluce before and didn’t find much info about the producer available then. A VINIX friend ( thanks Giuliano !) was nice enough to forward me a link where I learned that the Colledoro estate is located in Italy’s Piedmont region, in the hilly area of Alto Monferrato, where they produce 3 wines from approximately 10 hectares under vine.
Colledoro Solaluce – the name means only light – is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Straw yellow with deeper golden highlights. The wine still has that fresh, round, elegant palate that I appreciated in earlier tastings. But, it has developed a maturity that seems to unlock the wine’s internal doors: with a bit of air, it opens up into rooms of golden fruit …honey…walnut… herbs…petrol. Refined acidity races through an herby finish ending beautifully with a slightly bitterish grace note.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Tailor-made for seafood, vegetable soups, all manner of salads and vegetable antipasti. Guessing room temperature chicken salad would also rock with this wine.
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