2014 Bellavista Botti in Balzi, Tuscany, Italy
Botti in Balzi Wine Facts
First vintage: 2006
Grapes varieties: 40% Trebbiano, 40% Malvasia, 20% Colombano
Cultivation system: Guyot and Tuscan arch
Planting density 4,500 plants per hectare
Harvest: Manual in boxes
Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature <28 ° of yeast natural maceration: 12-15 days on the skins
Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels, 12 months in bottle
Color: yellow shade of greenish
Taste: fruity and floral scents, fruity and pleasant taste
Serving temperature: 10 ° -12 °
The wine comes in an intense quite deep lemon yellow color.
Nose is intense, filled with warm citrus aromas (lemon marmalade) and a heap of nutty/spicy notes: walnut, toasted hazelnut, and lifted spiciness like white pepper.
The mouth sensation strikes by its crispy and zesty acidity you don’t necessarily expect out of Tuscany. Yes, the wine is filled with zesty citrusy and lemon flavors, but it also has a citrus feel to it with this acidity tingling your tastes buds.
But beyond this refreshing satisfying sensation, there solid depth to it as well, with a rather full body, quite a wealth of silky oak tannins for a white. The nutty characters detected on the nose actually reveal heaps of leesy doughy notes on the palate bringing complexity and depth.
Finish is layered with some length, on an enjoyable oxidative Fino sherry-like character on iodine, freshly-cut green apple, and complex nutty tones.
A rather fascinating white wine from Tuscany, which feels like it was made with concentrated yet still fresh and zesty fruit. Interesting winemaking has added layers of complex lees characters, a solid presence of oak, body and depth for a whole that feels both fruity and refreshing but also seriously built.