Casale Del Giglio Bellone Bianco 2022 (Lazio, Italy)
Bellone is an ancient grape varietal believed to have been cultivated way back in the Roman times. Pliny the Elder himself referred to it as "Uva Pantastica" or "pane d'uva" (a grape as good as bread). Now grown almost exclusively in Lazio, this grape does best near the sea- making the small coastal town of Anzio the perfect place to cultivate this lively grape.
The persistent sea breeze of the region contributes to the over-ripening of the grapes, lending to rich notes of tropical fruits like papaya and mango that are balanced by a pronounced minerality and zesty tang that lingers on the palate after each sip.
Food Ideas: Pasta alla Gricia, Vignarola (Roman braised spring veggies), aged Pecorino Romano and cured meats, shrimp ceviche with avocado
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