We got together with friends we see far too little of, with the intent of a casual night outdoors at the Farmer's Market. Springtime in Los Angeles proved a bit too chilly in the open air, so we hoofed it over to The Grove and landed at Morel's. We guys talked about guitars and the Grateful Dead and the stuff we used to do while the gals talked about who knows what and laughed themselves silly when I took a picture of my wine glass. Fingers were placed in the shot and a great time was had by all.I had the pleasure of an Umbrian wine, Palazzone Dubini Bianco. It's an $8 glass, which is fairly paltry by today's restaurant standards. I've found that an $8 glass of wine in a restaurant generally means you can buy a whole bottle of it at a wine shop for about the same price.
Orvieto is the best-known Umbrian wine, and this Palazzone actually qualifies as an Orvieto. The wine was declassified, though, into the broader Umbria IGT.
The blend is 50% Procanico - the local Trebbiano - 20% Verdello and lesser amounts of Grechetto, Drupeggio and Malvasia. Stainless steel fermentation allows these various fruits to express themselves uninfluenced by oak.
Pale golden in the glass, the nose is fresh and flowery. The palate is full of minerals, which is how I like a white wine. Flavors of apples, wet rocks and lemon zest dominate. It was almost as much fun as the company I had at the table that evening.