Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano DOC 2005 Lungarotti

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Dinner in Tric Trak opposite the Duomo. Tartufo night. We shared the house starter of bruschette al tartufo and tiny parcel of white onion. I then had Taglionlini al Tartufo and Lesley had Strongozzi with a slightly spice sauce. Outstanding food.

I fancied a Sagrantino to end out visit to Spoletto but the rather pricey Umbrian section of the wine list precluded that so at €15 this Lungarotti stood out as potential value for money.

Which it was – a slightly dull ruby colour, perhaps because it is unfiltered. Faint whiff of herbs. Thin body, fruity finish, slightly musty. Ready to go now. Went well with the pasta. 70% Sangiovese and 30% Canaiolo.

The book says any wine by Lungarotti in Umbria is good and the Torgiano vineyard was recently used as a stop-over for the launch of the new Jaguar F-TYPE.

Apparently, Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano is one of Italy’s first DOC wines, dating back to 1968 and “Rubesco” is a Lungarotti trademark deriving from the Latin verb “rubescere”, to blush!

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“Podere Il Caio” Grechetto dell’Umbria IGT 2012. Restaurante Il Panciolle

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This is a 100% pure Grechetto, normally a blending grape which features heavily in Orvieto whites. The friendly waiter in Il Panciolle suggested this when I asked if the local wine I’d chosen was dry (& @€12 on the carte somewhat less than I’d chosen – so downsold too).

Lovely pale green yellowy colour, good legs, beautiful nose. Great bang of citrus fruit – mainly apricots – rounded but crisp, dry with a very clean palate finish, this was a delicious compliment to our meal out on the terrace. Me – bruschette pomodorro followed by strangozzi al tartufo. L – Antipasto misto followed by strangozzi al verdure. A complimentary Amara rounded off an excellent meal.

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Castello di Corbara have been cultivating Grechetto for some time and we’ll come back to this one again.

We took a nightcap in the piazza mercati, cold, clean, refreshing Menabrea Lager. Craft Brewery using alpine water. Nice story.

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