Review: Two 2018 Grillo Wines – Zagra and Timeo
Grillo is a native grape varietal in Sicily that shows up increasingly on our shores. Known for its mineral notes and relatively low alcohol level, Grillo is better in warmer months (and served with lighter fare), but it has a depth of flavor that works in colder months as well.
2018 Valle dell’Acate Zagra Grillo Sicilia DOC – A subdued wine, rather mushroomy up top, with a decidedly muted fruit profile. Some pear and stone fruit notes give way to a light orange blossom character and some cantaloupe, with a mild acidity and a slight saline note evident on the finish. B / $19
2018 Baglio di Pianetto Timeo Grillo Sicilia DOC – More doughy than the Zagra, and more tropical with its primary fruit elements. Underneath that a steely, mineral note picks up quickly, adding acidity and, again, a light saline character. However, the overall fruity vibrancy of the wine make for a considerably more engaging experience. B+ / $14