Imagine yourself shipwrecked and storm tossed in the middle of the ancient Mediterranean. By some stroke of luck you find your way ashore to a rocky but habitable island, with a few families of sailors that have lived there for generations. If you were to settle and eke out a small living as a farmer, you might one day plant grapes from seeds carried by the occasional trader (even remote islands need their wine) and hundreds of years later, you might have a descendant named Salvatore Murana, who has this to say about his wine:
"On the volcanic terraces of the sun drenched island of Pantelleria, directly in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, my family has for generations cultivated the Muscat d' Alexandria grape - known as the Zibibbo by Sicilians - in our own vineyards: Costa Gadir, Mueggen, Khamma, and Martingana. Nature is not generous to us: the low trained vines, the intense heat and rocky soil, give us rich grapes but only in minimal quantities."
Light green gold in the glass, this wine has a heavenly nose that drips with orange blossoms, jasmine, and honey while on the palate it has a crisp acidity with flavors of pears, unripe apples, and orange zest. The finish is lingering with (I swear) a hint of slightly salty sea air.
This wine went perfectly with the new recipe for sugar snap pea soup with roasted Shitake mushrooms that Ruth and I tried out recently.
Overall Score: 8.5
How Much?: $21
The guys at Wine Expo in Santa Monica turned me on to this one. If you're interested give them a call (310-828-4428) and see if they have any left.
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