2012 Orsolani "La Rustia" Erbaluce di Caluso (Previously $24)

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"Four keywords: seriousness, respect, work and territory." This year at Vinitaly I tasted with Gian Luigi Orsolani whose wine I had tasted before, and I have always liked the quirky Erbaluce grape; however I never had tasted the Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso "La Rustia" and that's when those four words made sense. Gian Luigi is a soft spoken, gentle man who's so secure that he's done all the best he can that if you don't like his wine then you just don't understand Erbaluce and he would really like to help you learn. When I started tasting his wines we started with the less concentrated wines which are just wonderfully refreshing, snappy, and spicy and just a pleasure to drink. When we got to the La Rustia I was taken aback by the seriousness of the nose, a true step up from the regular and took a glance at the brochure Gian Luigi had given us, and a brief note next to a photo of the La Rustia bottles said "The unique personality of this wine comes from the strict grape selection and maniacal care for details." It was clear in tasting this wine that they had followed that brief description to the letter. ~ Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer

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