Estate: Elena Pantaleoni took over her family estate in 1993, replanting the vineyards with native varietals such as Barbera, Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Ortrugo and Bonarda. The 50 hectare property is located in northwestern Emilia-Romagna and has a winemaking history dating back to the late 19th century. Along with natural winemaker Giulio Armani, Elena farms the 32 hectares of vines organically [certified], sustainably and with minimal intervention.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vines with an average age of 30 years. Grapes are destemmed and macerated with the skins for about 30 days; “a cap of skins and seeds forms and is not broken but is kept moistened with the fermenting wine. Fermentation is with native yeasts only in steel tank; malolactic fermentation occurs naturally as well. The wine is aged for a year, half in stainless steel and half in used French oak, followed by two years in bottle before release” [From David Bowler], unfiltered. Named in honor of the estate’s original owner, Giancarlo Ageno.
Tasting Notes: Copper-bronze in colour, very aromatic; with evolving layers of peach, apricot, amber resin, marigold, chamomile, ginger, white pepper, spearmint, trace of hay and wisp of campfire smoke. Apricot, mango, pear, peach, earth, citrus blossom, orange zest, clover honey fuse with Yunnan black tea tannins and fresh acidity. Lemon, chamomile, candied ginger and smoky minerality linger between each silky sip. Complex, engaging, with an esoteric edge.
90% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, 10% Ortrugo & Trebbiano Toscano
Bianco Emilia IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Vit. La Stoppa