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Campogrande Orvieto: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)

About Campogrande Orvieto

Orvieto is a regulated Italian wine type, being a blend of mostly Grechetto and Trebbiano (aka Ugni Blanc), though some other grapes (Malvasia, Drupeggio, Verdello, Canaiolo Bianco) may also appear in small amounts. In the middle ages, Orvieto whites were quite sweet, but the modern renditions are virtually all dry table wines.

Orvieto today is made, broadly speaking, in two ways: rather neutral minor wines dominated by the quite undistingished (but inexpensive) Trebbiano, and at least somewhat more interesting versions where Grechetto (now growing in recognition as a varietal of quality in its own right) is used heavily, and Verdello and Malvasia Toscana get more play.

The Campogrande Orvieto (from Antinori) we drank is listed at 40% Grechetto, 40% Procanico (a particular clone of Trebbiano Toscano, thus avoiding the word "Trebbiano"), 15% Verdello, and 5% of Drupeggio and Malvasia combined—but that mix appears to vary a good bit from year to year. It is very widely available at retail, priced from $8 up to $21, with a reported average price of $12.

Campogrande Orvieto: Tasting Impressions

The wine was of the sort we usually call "harmless". It exhibited a modest acidity and some light minerality; all in all, it made for acceptable but quite forgettable drinking. There was little or no noticeable fruit, nor complexity in the minerality.

It is, to be brutally frank, the sort of wine one stocks up on if one is hosting a large gathering for people one doesn't much care about and who are unlikely to have wine sensibilities. It was not in any way unpleasant, but neither was it in any way notably pleasant: hence, "harmless".

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