Estate: Founded by childhood friends Marco Giuliani and Davide Gentile, Lammidia means envy or bad eye in the Abruzzese dialect. The winery is in Villa Celiera, a small village at 714 meters above sea level in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The 3 hectares of vines consist of Trebbiano Abruzzese, Pecorino and Pinot Noir. Dedicated to organic and biodynamic methods, the duo is constantly experimenting and learning. “Study, comparison with other winemakers, tests, experiments, errors (many), synthesized by self-criticism and common sense, have led us to current results and a path of continuous improvement.” They have designed and built specific concrete containers for use in different processes of winemaking. In the cellar, they work with terracotta amphorae, along with steel and fiberglass containers.
Philosophy: Their slogan is: Uva e basta [100% Grape]. “In all transformation processes, from the earth, to the plant, to the grape, to the wine, we try to intervene as little as possible, preserving the natural evolution of nature.”
Winemaking: Miscela is a “secret and constantly evolving recipe that can also contain over 10 white and red grapes” such as Montepulciano, Pecorino, and Trebbiano. “We assemble a part of each wine we make during the year (many, both white, red and rosé), that will not have a dedicated label….it can be a mix of almost 20 cuvées from at least two different vintages, made solely according to our personal taste.”
Upon asking for any specifics at all for this vintage, their response was delightfully “I’m sorry but it is a secret”. ‘Miscela’ does translate to secret, after all.
Tasting Notes: Foggy ruby in colour, with compelling aromas of sour cherry, black cherry, warm terracotta and a trace of wildflowers. Cranberry, sour cherry, wild strawberry, crushed white pepper and warm summer earth are framed by citrus acidity and black tea tannins. Tangy red fruit and orange peel trace linger between each zippy sip. Spunky and intriguing.
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Lammidia
$22 [average price]