Calabria IGP, Italy
Cote di Franze Komé is a unique white wine gem from Calabria, the "toe" of the boot-shaped peninsula of southern Italy. It is 100% Greco Bianco, a variety thought to have come from Greece. Calabria's best-known wine is Ciro', which grows in low hills along the Ionian coast between the ancient Greek cities of Sybaris and Kroton (Sibari and Crotone today). Local legend has it that Ciro' descended directly from Krimisa, the wine Calabrian athletes drank to celebrate victory in an early Olympiad. Francesco and Vincenzo Scilanga carry on the family tradition of winemaking in Ciro that dates back several centuries. The grapes for this special wine were picked later--in October--and fermented without temperature control to create a more natural orange wine of IGP Calabria.
Cote di Franze Komé shows bright acidity, orange color and a beautiful nose and rich palate of citrus, apple, and mineral notes. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years with grilled branzino, roast chicken, pasta, and grilled red peppers.