Estate: Founded in 1997, Cantina Giardino is a collaboration between Antonio and Daniela di Gruttola, along with 4 of their friends. They set out to save indigenous, old vineyards in Irpinia that were at risk of being abandoned or uprooted. Vineyards occupy 16 distinct parcels, totally nearly 6 hectares. Seeking to let the grape and terroir express itself, Antonio farms using low intervention and organic methods.
Winemaking: Grapes are from a 70 year old vineyard located 450 meters in elevation. Spontaneous fermentation on the skins with wild yeasts for 1 week, followed by 1 year in chestnut casks. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulphur.
Tasting Notes: Sunset orange in color with aromas of wildflowers, orange, nectarine, citrus zest, roasted nuts, and geranium. Mandarin orange, nectarine and apricot, candied ginger, wildflowers and tarragon are framed by salty minerality, tangy acidity and light, Darjeeling tea tannins. Orange, campfire smoke and ash minerals linger on the lively finish. Compelling and mercurial.
100% Coda di Volpe
Vinified and Bottled by Cantina Giardino
$58 [Purchased in a restaurant, US retail price not available.]