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2007 Corbera "Isola d'Oro" Inzolia IGT

SKU #1042084

Considering the myriad grape varieties of Italy, it's not surprising that many of us have not even heard of more than a few of them. Chances are good, however, that we'll all be hearing a lot more about Inzolia, one of Sicily's native grapes found mainly in the region surrounding Mt. Etna. This stupendous new arrival is vibrant, fresh, balanced yet soft and luscious, and a great value

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2008 | Send Email
I am a superhuge fan of Oliver McCrum's imports and of Sicily's white wines. Put the two together and clock the price at less than $10 and I would buy it without tasting it. However, having tasted it, I can tell you that it rules. Strong flinty minerality and round fruit with balanced acid leads to happiness. Serious wine, not for the everyday sipper. This is a wine to bring to a tasting and act like it cost you $25.

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- 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.