Although best known for outstanding red wines, Dei’s highly allocated, tiny production of Martiena Toscana Bianco is equally impressive. In fact, it is one of the finest white wines of Tuscany. We first tasted Martiena at the winery many years ago and thought it one of Montepulciano’s best kept secrets. While there is no shortage of wonderful Tuscan reds, fine Tuscan white wines such as Martiena are harder to come by. With some cajoling, we were able to convince Caterina Dei and her American importer to part with a tiny allotment of Martiena. After tasting the superb 2018 Dei Martiena, we were once again graced with a small amount of this rare white wine produced from Chardonnay, Malvasia, Grechetto, and Sauvignon Blanc. Dei’s 2018 Martiena captures the glow and positive energy that radiates from Caterina Dei and her beloved estate, a wine that glows but is never flashy or gaudy. “Elegance in a glass,” is how one of our tasting panel members summed up this wine. The 2018 Dei Martiena offers fresh, vitalizing aromatics: soft scents of apple, yellow plum and wild flowers delight the nose. In the mouth, the 2018 Martiena refreshes the palate and enlivens the senses with a beautiful combination of gentle fruit, bright acidity, and subtle minerality, all of which tantalize the tongue and exit with the sensual energy of a well-sung aria. Enjoy the fresh, sophisticated 2018 Dei Martiena Toscana Bianco moderately chilled (40° F) now and over the next couple of years. Salute!
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