2018 is all about exploring different wines, not just the ones I know and love. Enter Anselmi San Vincenzo, a Garganega blend from famed Italian wine maker Roberto Anselmi. Having seen this wine crop up on my Instagram feed more than once, I was eager to try it.
The Wine: Anselmi San Vincenzo 2016
The Price: $16.95
The Grape: Garganega, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
The Location: Veneto, Italy
Musky on the nose with hints of lemon peel and cantaloupe, this is not your grandmother’s Italian table wine. This wine is like that first day of summer after a spring full of rain. It’s sunshine in a glass – just the right amount, not too heavy or too light. It swirls beautifully in the glass and is a beautiful straw colour. While drinking it, I felt luxurious – swap out my living room for an Italian villa and I would have felt right at home. Flavours of peach and pineapple dominate, alongside lavender and honeysuckle with hints of a toasted fresh baguette thrown in for good measure. This wine is elegant – it dances on the palette.
The Gargenega grape is the same grape used to make the Italian wine Soave, but many winemakers (including Anselmi) have moved away from local production standards (that often let these vines overgrow) and have opted out of putting Soave on their labels, which allows them to make wine their way. By doing so, Anselmi has created a beautiful and complex wine that’s sure to become a staple at my house.
This is a wine I might not have been so keen on a few years ago – it’s complex and a little different – it’s one you should sit with and get to know slowly. Anselmi San Vincenzo is like a date that lasts into the wee hours of the morning, because you’re having such a great time getting to know each other. And on that note, I’m going to pour myself another glass and relax.