Behold, three wines from exceptionally affordable Italian producer Gancia, which has been producing wine for 170 years.
2019 Gancia Prosecco Rose – Rose Proseccos aren’t overly common, particularly at this price level. Gancia’s expression is creamy and lightly dusted with notes of strawberry and baking spice, hints of cinnamon giving a lift to a core that is otherwise dominated by red apple and pear notes. More nuanced than expected, though certainly straightforward enough for summer sipping or for use in cocktails. B+ / $10
2020 Gancia Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC – Light as a feather, with lightly floral overtones of white blossoms complemented by notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and a touch of fresh cream. A simpler drinking experience would be hard to imagine, though as the wine warms up a touch, some notes of coconut and a pinch of baking spice become evident. It’s fairly basic on the whole, but it’s outstanding considering the price. A- / $10
2019 Gancia Chianti DOCG – Ruddy and tannic, this is a somewhat tough expression of Chianti with a certain green quality that evokes rosemary and dried thyme, laden with a bold core of turned earth. Fruit is hard to come by, but pairing the wine with a hearty plate of lasagna helps to balance out the tannins and allow some acidity to peek its way into the wine. B- / $10