Wine of the Week – Re Manfredi Bianco

This week, we take a look at Re Manfredi Bianco with Anthony Verdoni (AKA “The Wine Professor”) & Victor Rallo Jr. (“The Tasso”).

Anthony Verdoni (AKA “The Wine Professor”)
Overall quality: A
Value: B+

On Re Manfredi Bianco Basilicata 2008: “This delicious dry white hails from the foothills of an extinct volcano, Mt. Vulture, in the rugged Lucanian Apennines. This is the South; but it is not hot. Altitude and breezes make the area one of Italy’s coldest. Basilicata is famous for the red Aglianico wine, which has thrived in the black soil of the region since at least 650 B.C. More recently, however, there have been a few white varietals that have exhibited a lot of promise and class.

Re Manfredi Bianco is a blend of Müller-Thurgau and Traminer, two varieties more closely associated with points farther north. Müller-Thurgau is a cross varietal, consisting of Riesling and Chasselas. The wine shows an abundance of pineapples, melons, and mangos. It also exhibits rich body and a complex fragrance, which beautifully masks the tasty, almost biting, minerality. This Bianco is a fresh, original winner with personality and charm. It is perfect with seafood, white meats, or by itself. Thank you, Re Manfredi.”

Victor Rallo, Jr. (“The Tasso”)
Overall quality: A
Value: A

“When this distributer asked us to taste some of his Italian portfolio, I thought to myself not another Tuesday Tasting with Tony (TTT) with average mundane wines. Maybe that is not the mindset to walk-in to a tasting with, but that’s me and I tell the truth.

This is the first wine we tasted and could have been the last it was that good. Italian white wines need to be fresh, crisp, and mildly acidic and still be true to the varietal character of the grape. Well Re Manfredi Bianco has all that and more. The fruit is so abundant in the nose, yes tropical fruit that makes the wine sweet with its first splash on your tongue and yet finishes dry and crisp. Perfetto!!! A grilled piece of Branzino drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil a squeeze of lemon and some sautéed greens with a glass of Re Manfredi Bianco and I guarantee a beautiful experience.”

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Buon appetito!