Grillo is not a very common variety but it seems to love the heat of Sicily. The variety is commonly associated with Marsala but that style is on the decline. The styles that are now coming out of the area are so varied it is scary. They can range from crisp and zesty not unlike rizza or sav blanc to the more full bodied styles with extended periods of fruit hang time and/or barrel work. What that means is it can look however the wine-maker wants it to look. It might be worth while taking a look at this variety as it will offer a large variety of flavours and textures.
Artigiano Vendemmia Grillo 2011
The main interest factor for this wine is the mid-palate as it is thick and rounded yet stays zesty and vibrant. The flavours transition from lemon balm, granny smith apples to the richer banana skins, crushed violets and pineapple. The wine has good complexity and nice weight for a wine of this price and is a steal at 15 bucks.
Drink: Now – 2016