Grubbs: did you try it yet?
Grubbs: yeah, very adult...like a well-dressed older man.
me: yeah but one that was serious and disciplined even when he was younger...
I will spare you the blow by blow of us trying to figure out what it was. I got pretty close, but with lots of hints, and when Grubbs did "the reveal" I understood why I was so intruiged and confused. Quintarelli makes wines that are in such a league of their own that they are baffling. This Secco Ca' del Merlo is primarily Garganega, with some Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in there too. so it's like a doctored, supercharged Soave. To me, this wine screamed "oxygen rich winemaking" with primary fruit flavors giving way to complex layers that repeatedly beg the question "what am I tasting?"