2021 Giornata, Il Campo, Bianco, Paso Robles.
The wines at Giornata have really got my attention lately, as reader here at Grapelive.com with have noticed, and this 2021 Il Campo Bianco, made from Falanghina 39%, Arneis 29%, Pinot Grigio 25% and Vermentino 7%, is beautifully made and refreshing unique blended white wine which successfully marries these varietals that originally come from Italy’s North and South and makes for a fun no pretense effort to enjoy anytime. This Il Campo Bianco delivers plenty of vibrant zesty flavors with preserved lemon, white peach and crisp apple fruits leading the way on this medium bodied palate along with delicate florals, wet stone, wild herbs, a faint hint of lees, with some almond brioche, and mineral tones. I’ve been greatly impressed with Giornata’s latest collection of wines, including their signature red wines, that includes their Aglianico, Nebbiolo and Barbera single varietal bottlings, as well as their solid set of white wines, including this one and the amphora raised, skin contact, Falanghina, which I reviewed a few months back. This non oaky wine, sourced from various Paso sites, and which was new to me, is best enjoyed with lighter cuisine and is perfect with these warm late Summer days, it goes exceptionally well with grilled fish, especially sardines, and or linguine pasta and clams.
Giornata, owned by Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi, and was inspired by the love for Italian wine, which started many years ago and stems from Brian’s lifelong love of Italian food and fascination with his Italian heritage, which is tied to Sicily . After working for respected Zinfandel producer Rosenblum Cellars, this young winemaker traveled to Italy to work with the famous Paolo DeMarchi at Isole e Olena in Tuscany, and through Brian’s experience with this Tuscany winery, he gained an insight into Italian winemaking that has served him well with his Giornata lineup that takes it cues from both the North and South of Italy. Terrizzi notes that they pick their grapes at lower sugar levels, bit earlier than most, and handle their wines gently in the cellar, with traditional hand crafted methods, as he puts it, thus resulting in wines that belong on the Italian dinner table, with his offerings showing both ample acidity and tannin. Traveling to Italy on a regular basis, the Terrizzi’s continue to evolve as producers, researching Italian winemaking and viticultural methods to make the most authentic wines as possible. While Brian concentrates his time in the cellar, Stephanie Terrizzi’s mission is to focus her talents on vineyard management, where she has really shined in sustainably growing grapes and providing her husband with the healthiest of fruit to push up the quality in these attractive and delicious Giornata wines.
($23 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive