Once exclusively a blending grape for Madeira wine due to its high sugar content, grillo has since come into its own, and it’s common now as a Sicilian table wine. This offering from Vento di Mare is organic — and quite affordable.
Kicking things off on the (perhaps unsurprisingly) sweet side, this wine starts with fresh lemon then works its way toward tropical notes, with pineapple and a bit of guava in the mix. As the palate builds towards the finish, some melon notes emerge alongside a floral character that comes into focus, where hints of salty minerality spar with what is ultimately a dominant, lingering, and distinctly sweet fruit character. Fine, if short of “serious.”
B / $11 / cantineermes.it