Celli Vini's "I Croppi" Albana di Romagna (2015) is wine from a grape that isn't widely known outside of Italy. I poured this wine a little colder than I should have. Watch out for doing that with ANY wine. Don't serve your white wines freezing cold.
As it warmed up from the initial Arctic temperature the nose showed apple, as did the taste--lots of apple. This isn't the usual cold weather green apple but rather more like a Gala apple and this is is pronounced on both nose and palate. There is also something of apricot here. I was almost ready to say "honeyed" but it is something like honeysuckle with a hint of apricot. It is a creamy wine but don't think "buttery" when I say that.
The finish is bitter mouth-drying finish this is a wine with some phenolics. It is floral, pithy with strong acidity. This is a great food wine. A golden colored high acid wine that pairs well with food, as a general description works for many Italian wines. Food isn't necessary though; you can just enjoy a glass.
Albana is different and a little mysterious. It has some sort of familial relationship with garganega (the grape used in Soave wines). Garganega may be a parent grape to this but it doesn't really drink like a Soave. This wine hails from Emilia-Romagna which spans across the upper part of Italy's boot. It is the home to Ferrari, Lamborghini and other car makers. It is also more than just a manufacturing hub--both Verdi and Toscanini are from the area. More pertinent to the subject at hand the area is also known for its lambrusco wines.
Albana is likely not "surprising" to folks from this part of Italy but you do not see it in the USA a great deal. When you do? Don't be afraid to buy it.