Updated review: **** $ Visionario Bianco Delle Venezie, 2008, Italy - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Visionario is a white wine blend from a range of grapes acquired from throughout Friuli and Collio, Italy, called a "Venezie IGT". It hails from the northeast tip of Italy. Finished unoaked, Visionario arrives with 13% alcohol.

It was acquired as part of the introductory Zagat Wine Club selection. It also seems to be a regular component of other wine club offerings, including such as WSJWine (Wall Street Journal Wine), Sunday Times (UK) Wine Club and 4seasonswine.

"ZagatWine" - part of the broad Laithwaites Wine group from the UK - is promoted by the well known Zagat Survey group, offered by founders Nina and Tim Zagat. This collection included a case of 12 wines, with four reds and four whites each. The initial shipment arrives with a promotional pitch to have your friends join the club, along with one-pagers on each of the delivered wines.

Original review, November, 2009:

In the glass: Visionario shows as clear in the glass, with just a hint of vanilla/yellow.

On the nose: Popped, poured and swirled, this shows stainless steel cut grass reminiscent of sauvignon blanc with a bit of verdelho-like oiliness.

On the palate: A creamy-sweet mid-palate is the first note, quite lush, smooth and just slightly mineral. Sweet grapefruit and pineapple then curl with light acids up your cheeks. A squeeze of lemon adds to the briskness.

And the finish: The sweetness fades to a pleasant, light acid twang; the acids slowly fade, leaving a clean finish with just a hint of citrus. Definitely readies you for the next sip.

In summary: Outstanding experience in a value-priced white wine. I wouldn't change whites in the middle of the night with this, thus four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Phenomenal value at the low introductory price.

Updated review, over two years later,  January, 2012:  Color remains the same.  Nose shows sweet grass.  Palate shows the same mix of sweetness, minerality, lushness and tangy fruit.  Finish is delightfully clean and fresh.  Remains an awesome value now at four years since vintage date. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: This held perfectly firm and consistent on the nose and palate.

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