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L'Antico Portofino Çimixà

8.846 ratings
8.812 pro ratings
Portofino, Genova, Liguria, Italy
Çimixà
Top Notes For
Adam Kincaid

This is a wine of intense subtlety. Deep golden color and tight, but medium acidity. The notes are complex and many, but they are not obvious. Starts with strong saline and brine. Then moves to mineral and stone, with underlying green apple, slight zest, and some minimal tropical notes. It packs a punch and requires a long time on the palate to fully open up and appreciate.

Jill says it tastes like lake water, but I disagree.

This is a wine of intense subtlety. Deep golden color and tight, but medium acidity. The notes are complex and many, but they are not obvious. Starts with strong saline and brine. Then moves to mineral and stone, with underlying green apple, slight zest, and some minimal tropical notes. It packs a punch and requires a long time on the palate to fully open up and appreciate.

Jill says it tastes like lake water, but I disagree.

Apr 15th, 2022
Matt Perlman

First tango with this varietal. As advertised, it’s a great seafood wine. Very fragrant and exotic nose. Round, tropical, saline

First tango with this varietal. As advertised, it’s a great seafood wine. Very fragrant and exotic nose. Round, tropical, saline

Jan 9th, 2021
Remi Barrett

First club wine from High Treason wine bar SF. Erich said it smells like “the box you keep Xmas ornaments in” and he is NOT wrong.. 😹 a little metallic, piney, resinous on the nose, but it tastes clean and fresh with a light fruit component (lychee, lemon, tart apple)

First club wine from High Treason wine bar SF. Erich said it smells like “the box you keep Xmas ornaments in” and he is NOT wrong.. 😹 a little metallic, piney, resinous on the nose, but it tastes clean and fresh with a light fruit component (lychee, lemon, tart apple)

Oct 14th, 2019
Sassodoro

Nose & flavor of lychee, light lemon, & salty/chalky minerality. Refreshing acidity. Full bodied & yet delicate. Unusual grape.

Nose & flavor of lychee, light lemon, & salty/chalky minerality. Refreshing acidity. Full bodied & yet delicate. Unusual grape.

1 person found it helpfulMay 28th, 2017
Diana Eng

Italian grape Cimixa. Good acidity and minerality but rounder than Albariño or Sauv blanc. Great with seafood.

Italian grape Cimixa. Good acidity and minerality but rounder than Albariño or Sauv blanc. Great with seafood.

1 person found it helpfulDec 24th, 2014
Matthew Plympton

Founder/Partner Revel Wine

8.8

Salty and pithy. Hints at fruit but more about rocks. Good length.

Salty and pithy. Hints at fruit but more about rocks. Good length.

Oct 3rd, 2015
Alex Alvärëz

Toes the line between being actually engaging and just another italian white. Satisfying weight, but pretty ho-hum aromatically.

Toes the line between being actually engaging and just another italian white. Satisfying weight, but pretty ho-hum aromatically.

Jan 14th, 2015
EatSommThings (Jimmy)

Coastal white with ripeness and minerality. Good structure and acidity. Great with food. Perfect with seafood but has enough body for heavier dishes.

Coastal white with ripeness and minerality. Good structure and acidity. Great with food. Perfect with seafood but has enough body for heavier dishes.

Dec 24th, 2014
Michael Hildbold

One of the more overrated producers based on all the hype. The 'Abissi' ocean-aged bubbly is completely overrated for the $100 price tag, and this wine was indistinguishable from hundreds of similar non-descript much less expensive italian whites.

One of the more overrated producers based on all the hype. The 'Abissi' ocean-aged bubbly is completely overrated for the $100 price tag, and this wine was indistinguishable from hundreds of similar non-descript much less expensive italian whites.

Sep 8th, 2014
Eduardo Bolaños

Sommelier Terroni Downtown LA

9.1

Perfect summer time wine!

Perfect summer time wine!

Jul 6th, 2014