2009 Sartareli

March 25, 2015

Name:Sartareli
Vintage:2009
Varietal:Verdicchio
Producer:Balciana
Region:Italy / Marche
Alcohol:15.0%

The yeasty nose resembling of an aged Champagne just wouldn’t let go of its grip. I don’t remember this being the case with the last bottle of Balciana I had. Admittedly, I don’t drink this Verdicchio too often, but this has me intrigued now. Must retry. Salty, ripe pear and apple and dark bread crust/yeasty nose.  Very good acidity, relatively dense and round body and a touch of tannins with apple core bitterness.  The alcohol level is evident, which might explain part of the biggish body. My previous experience with the same vintage of Balciana was more towards the white fruit and better balance, which makes me wonder whether this was an off bottle or an off day for me.