White wine is mostly consider a spring or summer time wine but we often enjoy it all year long. I prefer the Chardonnay and Viognier which can have some more body to them in the fall and the Sauvignon Blancs and other more crisp wines in the spring and summer. I have not tried a whole lot of Italian white wine, in fact, I haven’t even really paid any attention to what grape varietals they grow other than Pinot Grigio.
Therefore, it was a good experiment to try the 2014 Centine Toscana Biano by Banfi last night. This is in a series of wines released by Banfi that are affordable around the $10 range. The blend of this one is not on their website yet but the blend hasn’t changed in the past 3 years so I would imagine it would be close to the same. The blend they have listed for the 2013-2011 is 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, & 30% Pinot Grigio.
Here are the tasting notes from Banfi for the 2013:
Color: Brillant yellow. Bouquet: Fruit-forward with varietal notes of pear, apricot, lime, and herb. Taste: Dry and well balanced with a crisp acidity and lush fruit flavors.
Now what did I think?
Color – Light golden yellow.
Nose – Green apple & pear.
Taste – Apple and pear again but with some citrus maybe grapefruit.
Finish – Crisp and clean with very low acid and fades away quickly.
Overall, my first reaction is that I am shocked that it is not more Chardonnay because the pear and apple notes definitely overpower the other varietals in this wine. The nice part is that if you are a big fan of Chardonnay (not the oaky ones) this could become a spring or summer wine that would give those classic Chardonnay tastes. It is clean and refreshing and is dangerously smooth. It is not super complex and definitely not as complex as they say above but still good.
Bonus: In full disclosure, this was a free sample provided by Banfi. All wines are given honest and open reviews regardless. They recommend checking out Nick Stellino’s Halibut & Fresh Mediterranean Salsa (sounds really good) and for a limited time you can get his e-book here.