2015 D'Amico NOE Orvieto

SKU #1298356 91 points James Suckling

 A bright and easy white with lemon and pear aromas and flavors. Medium body and crisp acidity. Very pretty wine. Drink now.  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Paolo and Noemia D’Amico’s winery is situated on the edge of a region tentatively scheduled to be a Unesco World Heritage Site. When you see it you know why. The region’s landscape is otherworldly; the area is covered by a giant layer of volcanic tufa that has been dramatically sliced open, leaving the white “calanchi” which give the area a Badlands look. The D’Amico family are shipping magnates and they purchased this land and winery as much for a getaway from nearby Rome as to produce wine. Once they got started, they were committed to making really good wine. They chose their site well. In this stunning landscape, a limestone-filled soil allows for wines of great finesse. With that in mind they hired Alsatian winemaker Guillaume Gelly. Guillaume uses biodynamic farming for the property’s 50 acres of vines. His page 5 light touch with winemaking brings forth vibrant, spice-filled wines. The town of Orvieto is a short drive away from the north end of the D’Amico property as it reaches briefly into Umbria’s DOC of Orvieto. The 2015 D’Amico NOE Orvieto is based on the indigenous Grechetto blended with Trebbiano and a bit of Pinot Grigio. You can tell from the start that the wine is special. The nose smells a bit like an apple pie, those sweet apple aromatics with cinnamon and toasted crust. Yet once the wine is on your palate you’ll stop thinking of dessert because the wine has a savory character with hints of sage and a bit of saltiness to go along with concentrated pear and zesty citrus. The finish leaves you with the sense that you’ve just had a real wine; it’s alive and lifts at the end. I like this wine so much that I started thinking about making some Chicken Schnitzel to go with it. You should too
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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
A beautiful, aromatic Orvieto with engaging complexity. It has the fresh acidity and minerality often found from the region with wonderful texture and balance from the warm 2015 vintage. All is tied together with layers of spice and savory elements to create a long, enjoyable finish.

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