Estate: Togni Rebaioli was founded in 2003 by Enrico Togni, with the land inherited from his grandfather. The certified organic estate is located in Erbanno, in the Val Camonica Valley in Lombardy, northern Italy. Along with the land, Enrico inherited several varieties of indigenous, traditional varietals that are nearing extinction. The Erbanno grape [taking its name from the small town of Erbanno], believed to be a biotype of Lambrusco Maestri, was gradually cleared from the area until the point of being nearly nonexistent. He currently produces 2000 bottles from the revitalized, historic vines.
Philosophy: A champion of the land and its native grapes, Enrico is “committed to achieving the best harvest with the lowest impact on the environment”.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vines in loose, fast drying, sandy soils with little clay. Spontaneous fermentation, aged in steel for 15 months followed by 1 year in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Inky red violet in colour with aromas of wild berries, plum, herbs and spice. Blackberry, blueberry and plum are accented by orange rind, eucalyptus and clove. Fresh acidity and good tannic structure compliment herbs, bitter tree bark [reminiscent of Chinato] and rhubarb on the lengthy, plush finish. Complex and intriguing, a wine I would love to explore more.
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Togni Rebaiolo
$60 [Restaurant price]