2002 Santa Lucia, Gazza Ladra, Fiano, Puglia ($16)
The natural high acidity of fiano grapes make them the perfect choice for growing in the southern Italian sunshine. This rich wine is so nicely balanced by that fresh natural acidity it makes you wonder why anyone is struggling with chardonnay in these climates.
Tasting Notes: Bright light gold. Ripe nose full of pear and almonds. Full and ripe on the palate. Deep ripe cantaloupe and pear flavors are balanced by nutty flavors and a slight touch of butterscotch. The finish is full, but held up by a crisp acidity and dry almond tang.