Second Bottle

Donnafugata

Anthilia

Ansonica – 100%

2017 – 12.5%

Dry – 3.8 out of 5

Acid – 1.8 out of 5

$18

So, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes when I go into a wine shop, I have no idea what I’m doing (they don’t call me the Wine Guy for nothin’).  If it’s a store I’ve built a rapport with, I’ll often talk to one of the managers and tell them what I’m looking for in the hopes they can steer me in the right direction…  It doesn’t always work.  Other times I’ll go into a store and use the Vivino app to help narrow down a bottle to select.  Vivino, if you’re reading this… holla at ya boy! #Vivino #IWorkForFree.  And even sometimes yes, I’ll select a bottle based on the label design or how the bottle looks.  I come for the beauty buy stay for the substance…

Today, my final selection came down to the simple, elegant design of Donnafugata’s Anthilia.  I was stuck between three bottles (sorry don’t remember the names – Again, they don’t call me the Wine Guy for nothin’) but two of the three bottles had too much going on with their designs and Donnafugata was simple and elegant. It’s always extremely disappointing when you buy a wine with the most extravagantly designed bottle label and the wine itself is just atrocious.  Just a classic case of the producer over compensating for… something…

Now please take these next few sentences with a grain of salt as I have not been classically trained about wine or taken many classes on wine tasting, but the Ansonica grape settled nicely in between the flavors of a Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.  It had some pleasant tastes to it and complexity like a Chardonnay and went down like freaking water – similar to a Grigio.  It shares many characteristics of the other Sicilian wines that I’ve tasted over the years.  What was lovely about this wine was how its taste changed throughout the experience.  Each new and subtle taste made a great impression on my untrained but very interested palate.

If you’re looking to change things up a bit and experience a lesser known white wine look no further than this one.  It’s a nice change of pace and a pleasure to drink at a reasonable price.  Donnafugata’s Anthilia looks beautiful on the outside and doesn’t let you down from first pour to last sip. 

Taste – 6

Recommend – 7

Price – 9

Complexity – 7

Smell – 6

Overall – 35 out of 50

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