2015 Ciavolich Fosso Cancelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Italy
Score: 94/100 points
Ciavolich is a family-owned winery and wine estate located in the Abbruzzo region Italy.
The roots of the Ciavolich family in the area date back to the 1500s while they founded their first winery back in 1853.
Since 2004, Chiara Ciavolich is running the vineyards and winery operations with her husband Gianluca after taking over from her father.
Ciavolich Fosso Cancelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is made from 100% Trebbiano grapes fermented using natural wild yeasts.
Overall Review Notes & Tasting Impressions
A white wine with a powerful and striking lemon-yellow color of rare intensity, it’s bright and shiny with delicate oranges hues accentuating its appeal. The aromatic profile is equally striking by it pungency. Abundant notes of zesty citrus, bright lemon, crisp kumquat, and freshly squeezed orange.
You’ll find hints of pink grapefruit in there all mellow by delicate floral notes of elderflower, honey, and marzipan. Add touches of salivating pear in there! So much going on….
Such a joyful wine just to smell at, so tempting and pleasing from such an explosion of varied fresh fruit and floral characters!
This is a dry and crisp white wine, bursting with these rare zesty citrusy notes that literally explode on your palate as you taste and sip.
The crisp acidity and the wine’s zinginess is backup up by salivating notes of fresh fennel and acacia leaves that drive the palate as the wine lives playfully on your tastebuds towards a delicately phenolic and bitter finish. This enjoyable sensation is somewhat reminiscent of the sweetly vegetal bitterness of a basil leave.
There’s some mintiness in there as well, which is probably why it makes me think of basil or fresh pesto. Round, soft and oily body with an almost imperceptible touch of sweetness but one that adds to the explosive fruity character.
A pleasingly rare tasting sensation this Trebboano d’Abbruzo delivers…
It’s hard to believe this is a 4-year-old white from such freshness liveliness in its profile.
It’s deep, long and layered too. An incredible serious wine, yet one that plays it light, satisfying and joyful all along, every second yet for minutes even after you’re tasted.
In one word: outstanding!