90 Insider Points
Salted green apple on the nose, this coastal variation of vermentino teases with white floral and sea side air. Racy granny smith apple and bartlett pear qualities on the palate. The wine gets softer with time in the decanter. Seafood and cream based pasta sauces, or a great picnic bottle for the beach. The vineyard site is at 1000ft above the mediterranean. Pannel Favorite, Drink now. -WB3/17
The 2014 Durin Pigato is light and fun, unapologetic and without pretense. Refreshing in the glass and easy on your wallet, it’s rare to find anything this good in easy reach.
The Riviera Ligure di Ponente is where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. Rugged and mountainous, vines grow up rough terraces above the lacework of rivers and valleys. Growing vines is no easy feat, so we’re grateful to 4th generation winegrower Antonio Basso. His Pigato, Vermentino’s seaside cousin, is exactly what we love about Italian white wine.
You too can enjoy this view, this landscape, and the happy summers along its grassy cliffs in each glass of 2014 Durin Pigato.
Why we love it:
The Grape: Pigato is a close cousin of Vermentino. Both grapes make splashy, delicious wines but only one (hint: it’s Pigato) can claim to be the Prince of Ligurian Wine.
The Region: Riviera Ligure di Ponente runs along northwest Italian Coast from the French border to Genoa. Gone are the gentle rolling hills of Piedmont, replaced by dramatic geography that defies agricultural logic. For the difficulty wine growers face (planting grapes along ravines and terraces designed for oxen rather than tractors), the local specialty is crisp white wines with personality.
The Producer: If you’re looking for someone with the name Durin, you should stop. Durin is a family nickname, and Antonio Basso picked up this piece of heritage along with his vines. Ask how to find the Basso house, and locals will give you a lovely blank look. Ask for Durin and they’ll respond with “Aaahh! Yes, of course, Durin!”
Durin was Antonio’s great-grandfather, Isidoro Basso, a pillar of the community. Durin was also grandfather Giacomo Basso, a storied man who is rumored to have brought hug rocks to build the home in which Antonio was born and is now raising his family. Durin was also Antonio’s father, Angelo Basso, a proper farmer who consulted for his neighbors.
Antonio paints a compelling picture about his family which grows more and more colorful as he comes to his own children, heirs to the Durin legend Antonio now proudly wears.
The delicate yellow glassful keeps a delicious secret. Rounded and full-bodied, intense flavors of ripe peach and honey meet a hint of salinity on the palate. The finish lingers like summer sunsets and the retreating tide.
The winding road to Azienda Agricola Durin (read: Durin Family Farm), passes by verdant green vines rubbing shoulders with peach trees. Dry rocky outcroppings carved for oxen lead the way to each vineyard plot, each more removed than the last.
Antonio Basso often smiles at the beautiful madness of vine growing in Liguria, an occupation so mind boggling that only a few dozen full-time producers claim the title here. Antoinio Basso is the 4th generation of the Durin family to find himself among the stubborn, inspired conquerors. Here, in the mountains above the Mediterranean Sea, Pigato reins supreme. A cousin of Vermentino, it flourishes among the fruit trees and wild scrub.
Delicious and vibrant, Durin shines a light on the potential of Pigato. From sparkling versions to immaculately aged, the grape that thrives where few can relishes in its new found stardom. And Antonio Basso plans to keep it that way.
To learn more about Antonio’s story and wines, check out the winery!
This wine is a natural fit for Mediterranean cuisine (who wants a cheese and olive board?) and fresh seafood. Don’t overlook pasta, this bottle shines along the green goodness of classic pesto.