Santa Cristina Bianco Umbria 2013

Santa Cristina Bianco Umbria 2013: Crisp, zippy citrus, peach nose; Granny Smith apple, orange rind, whisper of fruity sweetness, pinch of pear and peach on the palate; excellent acidity, retains its clean freshness through the finish; this is excellent alternative to sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. Very pale yellow in color, blend of grechetto and procanico grapes; grechetto in particular is classic grape of Umbria, a region in central Italy. Umbria is the only Italian region that has no coastline or border with another country; its most famous towns are Assisi (associated with St. Francis) and Norcia (associated with St. Benedict). The Antinori family makes this wine, as they have been doing in Umbria for more than 600 years—26 generations dating back to 1385. They’ve figured out how to make wine, as this effort attests. You don’t last that long by lounging on laurels and the family pursues modern winemaking techniques and tastes; they now also make wine in Napa, Chile, and Hungary. This is savory delight that evolves and improves with air; its vibrant acidity and freshness pairs it superbly with many foods. $11Santa Cristina Bianco Umbria