Wine of the Week: 2009 Sfuso Verdicchio from Scarpetta Wine
Scarpetta is the combined winemaking project in Fruili, the terrific wine growing region of Northeast Italy near Venice that is the domain of Pinot grigio, of master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the co-owners of the sensation Boulder, Colorado gastronomic restaurant Frasca Food and Wine, and its sibling pizzeria offshoot Pizzeria Locale.
The two are fervent fans of the Fruili terroir and its bright, minerally, citrus balanced whites, so it was a natural to look towards Fruili when they decided to collaborate on an ensemble label. Of course you can sample their Pinot grigio, Barbera, and other wines at their restaurants. Since it’s now June, the season for crisp, refreshing whites, I can’t recommend enough the Sfuso Verdicchio they have crafted. Too often Italian whites, including Verdicchio, become too acidic or overemphasize their mineral base. Not the case here. Tangerine and walnut notes follow a bright, slightly tart nose, leading to a beautifully floral, pleasant as a summer picnic wine. Enjoy it at that picnic, as an apértif, or better yet, with the sensational corn and prosciutto pizza, by the glass or bottle, at Pizzeria Locale. Don’t even think about passing up the gelato for dessert either, though that wouldn’t be the greatest match for the Verdicchio.