Argillae Orvieto 2007

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Umbria’s most famous painter, Pietro Vannucci, aka “il Perugino” and founder of the Umbrian school of painting, is known for a compositional style of simple purity and symmetrical beauty.  One can only imagine he would have appreciated the classic structure and utterly harmonious proportions of the Argillae Orvieto.

Orvieto, Umbria’s most famous wine, is a blended wine of locally grown grapes that include Trebbiano, known thereabouts as Procanico, Grechetto, Malvasia and Canaiolo.  The upside of having a fairly broad palette for blending is that producers can tune this recipe to produce Orvieto wines of varying weight and richness.  The downside is just that:  there are Orvieto wines of varying weight and richness.

The Argillae estate is located in Umbria, northwest of the city of Orvieto, and is owned by the Bonollo, Di Cosimo, and Acenzi families.  Argillae makes several high quality wines, including the Orvieto, under direction of consulting oenologist Lorenzo Landi. A cornerstone of the Argillae philosophy is the notion that, in order to produce world  class wines, it is necessary to come by the “right territory”:  Argillae vineyards sit at 350-500 meters elevation situated on sunny hillsides with east-west exposure in soil of calcareous clay.  Argillae’s modern, multi floor cellar has a laboratory, areas for storing and refining wines, bottle storage, and also an area for wine tasting.

The blend for Argillae’s Orvieto is of Procanico, Grechetto, Malvasia di Candia, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes undergo careful selection in the vineyard – all pruning and harvest activities are conducted by hand.  The grapes are soft pressed, racked, and then vinified at controlled temperature in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes for Argillae Orvieto 2007:

A gorgeous color of summer straw, the wine offers appealing scents of flowers, pear, and citrus on the nose.  In the mouth, the wine has a satisfying round, fat, soft presence on the palate.  Good, crisp acidity and firm structure with a long, clean, fresh and fruity finish.

Food pairing suggestions:  This wine pairs nicely with almost all types of antipasti, seafood, vegetables and white meat.  It is especially good with fried octopus or marinated octopus salad, baccala, smoked salmon, or mussels.  Delicious with seafood risotto.  Superb with cool chicken salad with pear, walnuts, and grapes.