Maree D’Ione, Fiano, IGT Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, 2012
This wine: grown on hilly ground about 10km inland from the Adriatic, varietal fiano, screw cap closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £5 (bin end, 2015).
Consumer tasting note: a strong ripe nose of waxy apple, honeyed baked apple and dried stone fruit plus tropical nuances; medium bodied with a slight grip, showing dried apple and pineapple, stone fruit and gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), finishes with a medium-long length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of waxy ripe yellow apple, touch of fennel, a spicy edge, stewed and baked apple with a honeyed edge, dried apricots, a tea-like nuance, hints of pineapple.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol and a medium body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of over-ripe white peach, ripe red and yellow apple, touches of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), dried pineapple and apple. A medium (+) length with a clean very lightly grippy stone-tropical fruit finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balancing acidity and matching alcohol, harmonious with flavour intensity. Decent concentration of flavour showing a tertiary dried fruit and honeyed dimension and some complexity, panning out to the decent length, with a pleasant lightly grippy finish from maceration on skins no doubt or maybe partial use of large format old oak.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, will not improve with further ageing – there is a sound structure, but concentration, complexity and length are lacking, but will keep for a year.