Saladini Pilastri Pecorino 2016

Among the many delights of wine is the sense of discovery that befriends the adventurous.  That’s a relative term – adventurous – for what amounts to gambling a few dollars on a bottle for the mysterious liquid within…and drinking it.

Heck, it’s 2017 and there’s not a lot left for the regular Joe to explore. We do what we can. And here’s a case in point. Best to start here:

Marche’s Rediscovered Jewel

For The People

Definitely of medium-plus body and medium-plus acidity, this wine is a magic carpet. Imagine being on the Italian Adriatic coast, a simple seafood dish placed on the table, a breath of salty sea air caressing your brow. Wait, we’re not in a romance novel here, this is serious; and so is this glass.

Thick, alcohol-drizzled lemon-y minerality on the nose leads to muscular almond-y acids on the palate. Undercroft of not-yet-ripe stone fruit and that salt breeze? Yeah, it’s there, which makes it all the more likely to be great with any kind of food; this is a grape strong enough for all but red meat.

Some mention the idea of giving pecorino some time, which sounds like a great idea to me. Buy a case, put it down and take a couple of bottles out on the first day of summer and mid-way through for six years. Now that’s what I call a plan.