Estate: I Vini di Giovanni is a collaboration between renowned Umbrian natural winemaker Danilo Marcucci [check out Marissa Ross’s article Making Wine with Yoda] and Sardinian native, Umbrian raised shepherd/winemaker Giovanni Mesina. Giovanni’s sheep and olive tree filled estate land lies in the rolling hills of Pianello, north of Perugia; vineyards occupy just 3 hectares. Driven “to capture the magical expression of the fruit and the earth”, Giovanni farms organically, with biodynamic principles and a minimal intervention approach in both the vineyard and cellar. In addition to traditional Umbrian grapes, he cultivates Vermentino, “his favorite white variety from Sardinia.
Winemaking: Fermentation with native yeasts, “2 days on the skins, stainless steel, no sulfur additions. Roughly 1000 bottles made.”
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of honey, apricot, chamomile, citrus blossom, hay, terracotta and candied ginger. Lemon, grapefruit, candied ginger, earth, saline minerality and a trace of eucalyptus are glossed with tangy acidity. Lemon, chamomile and a nutty hint linger between each sunny sip.
Bianco Umbria IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola G. Battista Mesina