Villa Antinori is one of my regular house Italian reds, and perhaps the color for which the ancient label is best known. However, the 600-year-old Tuscan winemaker also produces some very nice whites. This is one such.
• Villa Antinori Bianco, Toscana IGT 2008
This is an example of summer in a bottle. A very reasonably priced, spritely, crisp summer.
The Toscana IGY is a blend of four estate-grown grapes -- 70% Trebbiano & Malvasia, and 30% Chardonay Toscano, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio.
The result is a lightly golden color, a floral nose hinting mostly of rose petals and clover blossoms, and a taste of rich grapes and mild melon, apple and pear, with a clean acidity on the finish.
This will pair nicely with grilled chicken or fish, a cheese-and-fruit platter, or even a bold panini.
Suggested retail price: $14.
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