2010 Masseria Li Veli "Askos" Verdeca

SKU #1086049 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Askos Verdeca is a gorgeous wine layered with fruit. It shows gorgeous intensity all the way through to the mineral-laced finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.  (6/ 2011)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2012  | Send Email
I wrote this up for the March newsletter, but I'll talk about it a little here. A rep gave me this bottle to take home and try, so I threw it in the fridge and sort of forgot about it. A couple weeks later, quite frankly, I need a cup of white wine for something I was cooking, and that was all I had. So I popped it, and wanting to do the right thing, gave it a shot. Now keep in mind, I wasn't expecting much as most of the Verdecas (Verdece?) I'd had in the past was pretty boring stuff. Flabby, kind of cooked tasting, no acidity. Southern Puglia is not the most conducive place to grow crispy whites. Anyway, I was floored when I put the glass to my nose; so much pretty lime, orange blossom, hints of peach and honeydew melon. In fact the fist thing I thought of was Trix breakfast cereal. Remember that one "Silly rabit, Trix are for kids!"? When I say that, I don't mean I thought of a sugary corn meal based food like product filled with toxic artificial dyes and chemically concocted flavors, something that should never be fed to children as a snack let alone as the pour kids breakfast, no, I mean it reminded me of high toned, super pretty fruit essense aromatics. On the palate the wine had wonderful richness and depth of flavor while maintaining a lovely acidity and a zippy fresh mouthfeel. I really love this wine. It broke my heart to use a cup of it to cook with. CM

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 6/9/2012 
Very light pale straw color in the glass. Loads of white flowers & melon on the nose. First of all we're opening this on a 90 degree day in the valley ... This puppy is excellent for quenching your thirst! You'll pick up oak spice, tropical melon fruits, white flowers & a refreshing acidic backbone. Nice complexity for a song ....

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Puglia