2013 Marangona Lugana 'Tre Campane'
Alluring aromas of white flower, orchard fruit and Mediterranean herb mingle in the glass. The delicious, linear palate offers a nice depth of flavors including juicy yellow peach, tart green apple, nectarine and a hint of ginger alongside tangy acidity. The lingering finish closes on a mineral note.
Tre Campane means 'three bells,' signifying the three communes of Lugana where the grapes for this cuvee are grown. The estate vineyards are all in the historic part of the Lugana appellation, in the communes of Pozzolengo, Sirmione e Peschiera, no more than half a mile from Lake Garda. The vines used here are older, an average of around 30-35 years of age. Alessandro harvests the grapes in two parts, 50% in mid-September and the remainder in mid-October at full ripening, allowing him to make a wine with excellent fresh acidity and added body and complexity. The grapes are picked into small boxes, pressed as whole clusters, and fermented at low temperature. Once fermentation is complete the wine is aged on its fine lees for 12 months, then bottled early in the following year. No oak or malolactic fermentation. In other words, similar to the regular Lugana but with the volume turned up. Pale straw color; aroma and flavor of almonds, herbs, citrus and a hint of apricot; long, medium-bodied, with very fresh acidity. Bright enough to work before dinner, but would be excellent with salmon or many different kinds of pasta.