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Grillo, 2016. Tiamo

Grillo, 2016. Tiamo

Item #: C0520W2II
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Grillo
Vineyard/Appellation: IGP Terre Siciliane, Italy
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Apple, Pear, Kiwi
Palate: Prickly Pear
Finish: Slight and Citrus Rind
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Seafood, Vegetarian/12% Alcohol by Volume

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If it were up to some of us, we'd feature this wine every month. We love it. Hard not to when "tiamo" literally means "I love you." It is a relatively recent addition to the world of grapes, first recognized in the late 1800s. It claims to fame is that it is the main grape in one of Sicily's most famous wine, Marsala, a fortified wine similar to Sherry and Madeira. The old adage "when one door closes, another opens" certainly comes to play here. As demand for Marsala weakened, some wineries began experimenting with making Grillo into a dry wine, and the results were no less than spectacular.

It became so popular that it outdistanced Marsala in a very short period and, in so doing, basically saved Marsala from possible extinction. Now, they only make enough Marsala to sell in a year, and the rest goes into wines like our selection. It's been so popular that there are moves underfoot, not to mention grapes, to plant even more.

Tiamo is a certified organic coop of growers in Western Sicily. The grapes are harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The finished wine, which never sees oak, is then quickly bottled to allow the freshness of the grape to shine through. That freshness is immediately at play from the first whiff to the last drop. The exotic guava and peach nectar components would enhance a spicy tuna roll or chicken with, what else? A Marsala sauce!

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