Estate: Founded by pioneering winemaker Giorgio Tendola, Il Torchio is located in Castelnuovo Magra, in the province of La Spezia, in Liguria, northwestern Italy. Giorgio was one of the first to advance and promote the Colli di Luni appellation. He was also one of the first winemakers in the area to bottle and label Colli di Luni wines. The name ‘Il Torchio’ refers to the traditional olive press historically used in the region; the Tendola family used to run the local, communal press in their village of Castelnuovo Magra.
The 12 hectare, organically farmed estate [9 of which are vineyards] is prominent in the region as it is one contiguous parcel, unlike other vineyards, which are comprised of many small plots. Upon Giorgio’s sudden death in 2011, his grandchildren, Gilda and Edoardo are continuing his work. The striking label art on all of their wines is designed by Francesco Musante, a local artist.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vines about 35 years old, in stony clay soil rich in minerals. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel, aged in stainless steel for 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Transparent dark red violet in colour, with aromas of tangy red fruit, raspberry, soft spice, earth and mocha. Blackberry, raspberry, black cherry along with a meaty/savory streak are supported by bright acidity and good tannins. Spice and earth accent tangy red fruit on the ample finish. Well balanced & gluggable.
100% Vermentino Nero
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Il Torchio
$24 [average price]