Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Primaterra Chardonnay Delle Venezie `07 IGT (Not TJ's) $8.33***

First, we really, really liked it.  Crisp, refreshing, a mouthful of green apples.  It was simply delightful to drink.  I commented that I loved Italian Chardonnay because it tastes like Pinot Grigio, no oak, fruity and fresh.  We all agreed that it had a perfect hint of acid and a nice finish.  A very easy to drink white wine, and at $8.33 a bottle (3 for $25) S. suggested that we go buy some more for the Summer.

We had it well chilled with a chicken and artichoke heart fricassee - JPH's riff on the Marcella Cucina recipe Fricasseed Chicken with Garlic, Capers, White Wine, and Jerusalem Artichokes.  Since it was an abnormally cool late spring evening, I jazzed up the mashed potatoes with some black truffles and cream.  This was comfort food for a rainy 60 degree June day, and the wine paired perfectly with the meal.
Now for the BUT.  I think that there is something amiss. When I went to the Primaterra website to read their tasting notes, the main marketing listing says that this wine is 100% Pinot Grigio  - could that be a website typo? That is what I said at the table - I didn't think that it tasted at all like a Chardonnay.  But when I went to the PDF of the tasting notes, Primaterra writes100% Chardonnay.  I don't know if we'll ever know what the wine we had for supper really was.  But, what's in a name?  It was a good, crisp white table wine for $8.33; we would have it again.  I'd even suggest that you grab a bottle and let me know what you thought.  Is it a website typo?  Or could it have been a mislabeled lot? I like a little intrigue - especially when it tastes good.

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