Honeyed orchard and stone fruits are drizzled with honeycomb, dusted with spice, sprinkled with herbs and kissed with citrus in this bright, rich, and racy '93 Semillon. Remarkably weighty, this wine is also fresh with acidity, which keeps it nimble and light as it crosses the palate and builds to a powerful crescendo. Fiorano Semillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative but mineral side of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. Unlike most other vintage whites, this Semillon benefits from aeration, offering a wild, thrilling ride as it unfolds over hours, even days--paradoxically, it's wine that takes on younger characteristics with age.
Fiorano is the wine estate of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the prince of Venosa. The estate is located in the region of Latium of Lazio. To say you have sampled the wines of the Fiorano estate would put you in the elite few. The rare and highly regarded wines come from the international varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the Rosso and Malvasia di Candia for the Bianco, and lastly a white wine made from the Semillon grape. The wines are the product of a dedicated and passionate prince whose avant garde approach was way ahead of its time. His whites took on a phenomenon for their ability to age, but became a true rarity as the prince was elusive and did not care to put the wines in the wrong hands. The story of the prince and his forgotten bottles is truly a gift to be shared and was captured by The New York Times through their chief wine critic, Eric Asimov in the December 22, 2004 edition of The New York Times. Read the actual article below and then be sure to read about
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