“The wine has a very pale, straw color. Right out of the fridge, and probably a bit too cold, this had a medium nose of citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit or pomelo. As it warmed the fruit got riper and richer, as the nose expanded. Now there was a lychee and blackcurrant bud. Floral notes were evident. On the palate, it is clean and smooth. There is bright citrus. Overall the wine is very smooth throughout, and does not carry a lot of acid, but it works. Very easy drinking juice. At $10 this is a great value.”
In “13 Wines and Spirits You Must Try this Month,” Bobby Tanzilo recommends “a quartet of whites and reds from the estate-grown CODICE CITRA, which focuses on grapes indigenous to its Abruzzo region in central Italy:”
“One hundred percent varietal and made completely in stainless steel, the wine offers a very pale straw color and attractive aromas of roasted lemon and spiced pear, smoke, mint and quince, heather and almond blossom. The wine flows across the palate with dense silkiness lightened by brisk acidity that leads to a scintillating limestone finish, all at the service of tasty lemon and pear flavors. Surprising depth and texture for the price.” (Very Good+)
“Extremely dry and highly acidic, with a melon tone that recalls sake. Bold grapefruit notes and a touch of pineapple offer a fruity core, with a throat-clearing finish. Altogether, this is an uncomplex yet clean and fresh aperitif wine — and you can’t beat the price.” (B+)
“The first vintage of this wine was produced in 1992. The grapes are grown at an elevation of between 300 and 1,100 feet in a pebbly soil and aged in stainless steel tanks for 2 months. That pebbly soil really comes through and shows on the minerality in the wine. This wine is nice, dry and crisp with aromas of lemon curd, wet stone and as the wine warms floral notes appear. Flavors of lemon zest and citrus fill the palate with hints of minerality throughout. SRP $10 – a great value wine!”
“Light yellow color. Aromas of lemons, white peach, along with floral perfume and honeysuckle. Fresh and bright on the palate, this is plump and peachy but shows nice acidity as well. Lemon, apples, simple, pleasant and fun with notes of honeysuckle, cucumber slices and sea salt. Good for the price.”
“This wine is lightly crushed and cold macerated from hand-harvested grapes. It was then fermented in stainless steel tanks and went through full malolactic conversion. This process results in a wine that is crisp with bright citrus flavors and mouth-watering acidity….It’s a real nice wine and a great value.”
“CITRA Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2017 has a lot going for it. Trebbiano is the dominant white grape in the Abruzzo region east of Rome on the Adriatic coast, known for producing uncomplicated and quaffable light white wines that are enjoyable with fish, shellfish, or on their own.
“Citra’s Trebbiano certainly falls into that category and, served not too cold, it becomes more than that, showing good complexity with lemon and green apple tastes, accented by floral and herb notes and a long, citrusy, and slightly creamy finish.
It’s also a real bargain, with a suggested price of $10 but available for as low as $7 or so, making it a good choice as an easy-drinking house wine or party wine. And with 450,000 bottles produced, you should have no problem tracking it down. The region’s main red wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, is often a good value as well.”