The Vinum is an interesting project of an inspired young winemaker, Roberto Dragani, whose original family roots are in Abruzzo and whose vineyards are farmed organically. I originally selected the wine of very interesting local white grape from Abruzzo (Cococciola) that is produced in his family vineyards. Roberto's family also has vineyards in Tuscany and Piemonte and so he produces wines from those regions as well. A second selection from The Vinum is a delightful and expressive Chianti. An interesting characteristic of his family's vineyards is that they are in hilly areas of each region which promotes a higher diurnal temperature variation between day and night which then results in fresher, more expressive, and higher quality fruit.
The Vinum (Abruzzo) Cococciola 2018 (OC, NF)
Aromas are of clover honey, linden, honeysuckle, and white flowers. Flavors are of white peaches, nectarines, and honeydew melon along with hints of cantaloupe. There is a really refreshing fully saturated medium body as the wine moves across your palate along with perfect balance and acidity.
Food pairings would include halibut, crab, sole, tuna, mussels, seafood pasta, seafood and vegetable fritto misto, veal, pork, grilled chicken, sausages and charcuterie, Asian pork and vegetable stir frys, Indian Tandoori, seafood enchiladas, pork and chicken verde, chicken suiza, grilled vegetables, and mild cheeses.
The Vinum Chianti DOCG 2022 (OC, NF)
Aromas include cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Flavors include blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, and dark cherries. There is a medium to full body, perfect balance and acidity, and a refreshing saturated finish.
Food pairings would include Filet Mignon, New York Steak, short ribs, rack of lamb, veal, pork, wild boar, chicken, duck, coq au vin, cassoulet, salmon, shrimp, calamari, pasta with light tomato sauces, Asian beef, pork, and chicken dishes, lamb curries, Tandoori dishes, Mexican pork and chicken dishes, tacos, charcuterie, and medium, rich, and creamy cheeses.