. Vite Vinifera De Vino's Blog: Pigato

Monday, November 20, 2006


Liguria is one the smallest but also one of the most beautiful region of Italy.
The coast is internationally known for the crystal clear waters the little towns on the Tigullio gulf like Portofino or Santa Margherita (no this is not the home of the big winery which is in Trentino). Also known for the spectacular food and their rare wines.
Ligurian viticulture is characterized by terraces carved from the cliffs that descended vertiginous toward the sea. The production is low and labor costly and most of the Ligurian wines are still very obscure and not known buy the majority.
Pigato is a bio type of the Vermentino and it's mostly found in the Ligurian provinces of Savona, Imperia and Genova.
The grapes have red reflection on the skin when ripe and the wine usually have almond flavors and often marked acidity.
I've always liked the Ligurian whites they are never obvious and with a very distinctive character. Lately I've tried the Bruna Pigato 2005
remarkable fresh and firm, the bouquet was intense with flavors of white peach, almond and some salty notes. I had it by it self but I think it would be great with shell fish (linguine with clams) most of the white meats (turkey included) and with some creamy cheeses like a lighter goat cheese or some brie.
The Ligurian wines are not widely present on the US market but I can suggest you to try also the Colle dei Bardellini Vermentino.
Buona Bevuta a Tutti

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