This is a surprising white wine, coming from a land which is facing to an increasing high quality production of red wines, and it is an interesting performance of a challenging winemaker, Apollonio, based on the perfect mix of natural management of the vineyard and the use of non-invasive vinification technics. Chardonnay is the vine used for Laicale, appearantly easy to make wine, but highly risky for anybody wants to seduce the nose and the mouth with an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, the use of casks could risk to overwhelme the flavours of the grape and the personality of the territory. Laicale, instead, doesn’t suffer this challenge of the winemaker, because the mix of scents is very equilibrated, showing unexpected flavours (daisy, jasmin, castile soap) with the typical ones of the vine (pineapple, citrus fruit, grapefruit in particular) and casks (vanilla, cocoa butter).
The taste in the mouth is a well balanced experience of acidity, saltiness and body. The wine is mature and can be better appreciated if tasted with elaborated courses of fish, first in my mind “baccalà alla livornese”, which would be such an engaging conneciton between two lands far but both traditionally connected to sea and to its culture.
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