Visionario 2015

When you want a glass of something fresh, chilled and crowd-pleasing, you can’t beat northern Italy’s intensely aromatic whites. Elegant examples like this exclusive from maestro Alessandro Gallici are rarely found for less than $30 a bottle – and rarely outside Italy.

Alessandro's Visionario is not only based on Luigi Felluga’s legendary Terre Alte (which sells for $60-plus a bottle) – but he also sources his grapes from the same hallowed hill (and has to be buzzed in through the massive gates by the team at Felluga Estate).

His 2015 is more delicious than ever. Top Italian wine critic Luca Maroni had the chance to taste it and was so impressed he said it was worth at least 91 points; Master of Wine Julia Harding (of JancisRobinson.com) says it's "totally Italian and Venetian. Juicy, fresh and complex" – and calls it a top value.

To craft this hugely popular white, Alessandro marries local and international grapes from Friuli and Venezie. The Tocai Friuliano grape gives it body; Sauvignon Blanc imparts green-fruited notes; Chardonnay adds ripe citrus flavors; and late-harvested Gewürztraminer lends an ever-so-subtle kiss of sweetness.

Look forward to elegant aromas of stone fruit, with hints of almond and spice. On the palate, there's soft peach and green pear flavors, with a refreshing minerality and pleasing lemon zest notes. Enjoy it as a mouthwatering aperitif, or with fresh seafood dishes like mussels fra diavolo, grilled calamari or herb-roasted branzino.

Country

Italy

Varietal

White Blend

Region

Veneto

Alcohol

12.5%

Volume

750mL

Vintage

2015