2017 Tenuta Castellaro Bianco Pomice
Bianco Pomice, named after the white volcanic pumice stone that makes up the soils of Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands just north of Sicily. This truly unique wine is a dry-farmed blend of 60% Malvasia di Lipari and 40% Carricante. Only the Carricante is aged in neutral oak for six months with lees contact and frequent stirring for added texture. Bright straw-yellow. Tight aromas of white peach, lemon, minerals and fresh herbs. Delivers good density without being weighty, showing bright lemony cut to the apricot, papaya and saline mineral flavors. Displays lovely mineral-acid balance, finishing with enticing, lingering perfume and noteworthy complexity.
92 points – Wine Advocate. "The 2017 Bianco Pomice is a delightful white wine with an extremely graceful and fast-footed bouquet. You get lots of little detail here with white fruit, citrus, crushed stone and powdered oyster shell. The wine is streamlined and tight in terms of mouthfeel with a direct, sharp and beautifully focused approach. Salty mineral tones characterize the tonic and fresh finish. I just love this crisp and light style of white wine. The blend is 60% Malvasia delle Lipari (in stainless steel) and 40% oak-aged Carricante. Some 15,000 bottles were made."