Ever since Tre Bicchieri 2011, when Eleonora Guerini, senior editor of Gambero Rosso raved about an Italian region on a roll - Campania, I've been paying more attention to Greco di Tufo, one of Campania's top two white grape varieties, the other being Fiano.
So recently when I found myself lunching at Bottega restaurant in Yountville - currently Napa Valley's best foodie restaurant (IMO, along with Ad Hoc), that I've written about in the past, and I saw Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2009, it was an easy choice. Feudi San Gregorio is one of Campania's top producers.
Excellent, balanced, seafoody, fruit, acidity, a hint of smoke, minerals are all there. Character and depth, without heaviness or oakiness. As good a $17 bottle (at retail) of Italian white as you'll find to go with food. And the food was spectacular at Bottega yet again.
Polenta under glass. Super creamy polenta, caramelized mushrooms & balsamic game sauce.
Green-Egg and Ham. Olive oil-poached asparagus (perfect texture in your mouth!), crispy soft-boiled egg, prosciutto bits and Cambozola crema.
Burrata & English Peas, with caramelized wild mushrooms & creamy parmigiano vinaigrette.
Meyer lemon strozzapretti in dungeness crab lobster-fennel broth, basil, tarragon & crab butter.
And for reference, here is Gary Vaynerchuk talking about Greco di Tufo and this very wine.