2011BurlottoVerduno2011 G.B. Burlotto, Verduno Pelaverga, DOC, Piedmonte, Italy.
Pelaverga is a native grape to Piedmonte and is super rare, I have only heard of a handful of producers and research has found that is most commonly used as a light semi fizzy red wine or as a table grape, but Burlotto’s Verduno Pelaverga is a complete and stylish red wine with exotic spices and a saline/savory that makes this wine very interesting. The nose is lightly perfumed with rose petals and pepper leading to a palate of strawberry, plum and dried red currants with cayenne pepper, lavender and minty black salted licorice notes. Touches of mineral elements, like chalk dust and marmalade fold into the background, and that saline/spice lingers on the crisp finish. Not going to be an easy wine to find, but very cool non the less, drink young.
($22 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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