Molise is one of those obscure wine regions that is fairly unknown outside of the region itself. Geographically located in the South of Italy, the region has direct access to the Adriatic Sea and borders Puglia, Abruzzo, Campania and Lazio. It is the second smallest region in Italy – only the Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley) is smaller. Molise is a hilly region with lots of rivers and small lakes. Agriculture – especially wine making and the production of olive oil – play a key role in the region’s economy. Biferno DOC is the most important appellation of the region. It is named after the river Biferno.
Most wineries in Molise are small and their wines tend to be difficult to find outside of Molise. The average customer simply underestimates the wines of the region. Be honest, how many times have you thought about Molise when buying white or red wines? Probably 0 times. I don’t blame you but trust me, the region makes some of Italy’s best quality-price ratio wines.
Today I want to talk about a white wine from one of the “larger” wineries of the region: Borgo di Colloredo. Some of you might remember that I reviewed one of their red wines earlier this year. Follow this link if you’d like to read my tasting notes for the 2006 Borgo di Colloredo Gironia Rosso Riserva – Biferno DOC first. The estates of Borgo di Colloredo are located on the hills of the narrow Adriatic coastal line of Molise. For three generations the Di Giulio family has been making wine in Molise.
Tasting Notes. 2012 Borgo di Colloredo – Gironia Bianco
After fermentation, the wine aged in stainless steel vats for six months. Most of the time when you hear Trebbiano and Bombino you probably think about mass-produced bag-in-box wine -at least that’s what I mostly associate with Trebbiano and especially with Bombino. Borgo di Colloredo has a much lower yield per hectare than the average grape grower in the region and therefore the grapes are of a much higher quality. The result is a stunning white wine with an annual production of 20.000 bottles.
In the glass, Gironia Bianco had an intense, bright yellow color. 13.5% was the label listed alcohol by volume. The wine’s appellation is Biferno DOC.
On the nose, aromas of ripe stone fruit, yellow apples, lime, nuts and white flowers.
In the mouth, dry with a refreshing acidity and a good minerality. Medium bodied and well-balanced. Notes of apple, acacia honey and almonds. Lingering aftertaste.
In Munich a bottle of Gironia Bianco sells for around €11.50 – that’s a very good quality-price ration. I’ve been drinking this wine a lot lately and myy favorite food pairing with it is Vitello Tonnato.
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Unfortunatly, the the last couple of weeks have been quite busy for me and prevented me from reviewing more wine. I will try to blog more regularly again. Cheers!