2007 Bolognani Sauvignon Blanc

Bolognani Sauvignon Blanc

Italy, as a whole, may be best known for its red wines, but the northeast of the country is another story. The regions of Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, and Trentino are prime sources for white wines made from a slew of native grapes as well as from international varietals.

Of these international varietals, Sauvignon Blanc may receive greater attention for its incarnations from France's Loire Valley, New Zealand, and even the inexpensive offerings currently on the market from Chile. But the best Sauvignon Blancs from Northeast Italy are just as crisp and intense as the top bottlings from the locales mentioned above, with acid perfect for cutting through intense flavors like raw garlic and tangy goat cheeses.

Bolognani Sauvignon Blanc
Bolognani Sauvignon Blanc
Trentino is located just a bit south of the Austrian border. Diego Bolognani, a self-taught winemaker who is at home with advanced technology, has become one of the most knowledgeable and respected winemakers in this region. His enthusiastic approach produces wines that are elegant, with pure varietal aromatics and seamless mouth-feel. Diego's Sauvignon Blanc is eminently expressive of the mineral soil of Trentino. Fermented in stainless-steel vats under controlled temperature, this is intensely flavorful and concentrated wine with explosive, utterly pure fruit flavors and bright acidity.

Pair this wine with chicken breasts stuffed with pesto and wrapped in prosciutto. Or keep it simple and just serve it with some good fresh goat cheese.