2016 Ca Dei Frati Lugana Bianco I FratiTrebbiano / Ugni Blanc / Rossola Brandica from Italy
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The wine is estate-grown Turbiana, a clone exclusive to the winery. The grapes come from vineyards enjoying the moderating climate effect of Lake Garda, barely 400 meters away....
The wine is estate-grown Turbiana, a clone exclusive to the winery. The grapes come from vineyards enjoying the moderating climate effect of Lake Garda, barely 400 meters away. Fermentation and aging on the lees for 6 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. 80% Malolactic fermentation. The wine rests for 3 months in bottle prior to release. This is Ca Dei Frati’s flagship wine. It has made their reputation and it continues to embody the winery’s commitment to quality and local traditions. The grapes are from 10 to 35 year old vines planted on calcareous and clay soil. The nose is clean, delicate and fragrant, with notes of fresh white flowers and nettles, apricots and almonds. An attractive acidity gives it an elegant finish and makes it highly drinkable. It ages well and after several years in bottle, acquires complex notes of spices and candied fruit. Four generations of the Dal Cero family have worked at Cà dei Frati (the "house of friars") since acquiring the estate in 1940. The winery is located on the south banks of Lake Garda, near the Sirmione peninsula, and the vineyards benefit from the cooling influence of the lake. The prevailing wind and mild climate contribute to the production of high quality wines despite the flatness of the land. With 150 hectares of vineyards (all of them hand harvested!), Cà dei Frati is the most important winery in Lugana. Grapes are grown on predominately clay soil. The focus of the estate is the local Turbiana, which is interpreted in a variety of styles, some innovative and some traditional, all however true to the spirit of the region. The wines are elegant in structure with a hint of wildness and are unique for their concentration, complexity, and expressiveness.