Monday, July 1, 2013

Mazzoni Tuscan White Wines

I think summer may have arrived.  A little late, but nonetheless, it has arrived.  That means I can start pouring my summer white wines.  I can think of no better way to begin than two white wines from Italy, Mazzoni Bianco di Toscana and Mazzoni Pinot Grigio.

Disclaimer:  Samples submitted for review

Two of the world's greatest wine-making families are behind the wines from MAZZONI - wines that offer true Italian style for great value. MAZZONI represents a historic collaboration between the Franceschi family from Tuscany and Terlato family from Napa. Blending Italy's old world hand-crafted approach with California's innovative wine-making technology results in some truly elegant and still affordable wines. Passion for quality and respect for tradition along with a bit of Italian flair are the guiding principles to create superior wines for you to enjoy today and tomorrow.

First one opened was the Mazzoni Bianco di Toscana 2011 (SRP $16), a blend of 75% Vermentino and 25% Chardonnay served with pan fried scallops and shrimp.
Aromas were all pear with some hints of citrus and a bit of green apple.  Did not get much on the palate.  There was some pear, very light grapefruit, but otherwise very dull.  Finish was OK at best, short to medium with some mineral notes.  I did enjoy sipping with some roasted veggies and a few left over shrimp.  I also think this wine will pair nicely with white cream sauces and pasta.  I would love to try this wine again with a dish I had a few weeks ago of Chesapeake Crab meat in an Alfredo sauce over angel hair pasta.  Recommended (barely)

Well, Sunday I had big plans for grilling up a Salmon steak with some shrimp ka-bob and fresh from the garden asparagus and serving it with Mazzoni Pinot Grigio 2011 (SRP $16). The girls went out shopping for dinner and brought home "hot dogs."  Not just any hot dogs, but just any hot dogs. Added to this delicacy was served Shirley's homemade potato salad and her pickled red beet eggs and my Pinot Grigio.
Pinot Grigio was my go to white wine for a long time and it is still among my favorites, and my favorites happen to be from Italy.  With the exception of one or two that I found outside of the region of Trentino-Alto Adige I believe the best Pinot Grigio in the world is produced in Northern Italy.  So, after having a so-so Tuscan Bianco, I was a little apprehensive opening a Pinot from Tuscany.  That ended with the aromas.
Right out of the bottle I got lots of tropical aromas like guava and kiwi with honeysuckle and orange zest. In the mouth there was more tropical fruit with some honey and citrus, nice acidity and some slate. The finish was long, zesty and refreshing and saved the day.  OK, Corona, Budweiser or Coors is better with hot dogs, but load that dog up with lots of spicey mustard and onions and a nice white wine works.  The Mazzoni Pinot Grigio is a nice white wine.  Very Highly Recommended.

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