I’ve been rather busy lately, studying for exams, attending blind tastings and conducting classes- so when the opportunity came up to drink a few bottles with friends I did just that. We started out with this Catarratto from Sicily, which we tasted chilled and then at room temperature. Pale gold colored it had awesome aromas of apricot, peach, yellow apple and citrus. Crisp acidity and a medium (-) body made for a refreshing mouthfeel that was laced with grapefruit, lemon pith, melon, honeysuckle and stone fruit. A decent finish made me award it 91 points.
The room temperature version had less citrus on the nose and more stone fruit. We still got the apple, honeysuckle and some waxy notes. The palate felt a bit heavier with less acidity and it was less complex overall. 90 points from me on this one. It’s interesting how a wine morphs with temperature. For $15 this many be on my short-list for summer patio pounders. It is delicious, refreshing and will pair well with many lighter dishes. I would drink it on purchase. 5 stars. Salut….