Bianchello: Wine for a Weeknight Wind-Down
Note from the author: There are 1,368 varieties covered in Master of Wine Jancis Robinson's new book, Wine Grapes. Bet you can't try them all.
The end of a twelve-hour workday calls for a glass of wine, a quesadilla made in the microwave and the TV remote at the ready. Don't bother me, and please don't force me to think about anything. Is it terrible that I wanted this bottle of Bianchello to be a little unexciting?
Let me be honest: There are nights when I just want a pleasant, refreshing and easy-down-the-hatch wine I can drink two (maybe, um, three) glasses of and not feel like I have to genuflect. Every grape has its occasion, and Claudio Morelli's La Vigna Terrazze Bianchello del Metauro is perfect for exactly this. At the end of a long day, I am beyond thankful for it.
The brief, quarter-page entry on Biancame in Jancis Robinson's Wine Grapes summarizes, "This vigorous, mid- to late-ripening white variety from the Marche[...] is responsible for Bianchello del Matauro DOC wines, which is why the grape itself is sometimes called Bianchello."
It's full of easygoing ripe yellow apple flavors, followed up with a faintly nutty finish, kind of like toasted almonds. But I love the spritzy mouthfeel most—it makes me want to refill my glass...every time the commercial breaks come.
2010 Claudio Morelli La Vigna Terrazze Bianchello del Metauro (Marche, Italy)
The Grape: Bianchello, aka Biancame
The Region: Marche, Italy
Retail Price: $14
The Importer: AI Selections
About the Author: Stevie Stacionis is a wine writer and Certified Sommelier based in San Francisco. She's currently drinking her way through the 1,368 varieties included in the new Wine Grapes tome. Follow her on Twitter @StevieStacionis.
Wine provided as a sample for review consideration.