2013 Marangona Lugana 'Tre Campane'

SKU #1222157 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
In my opinion, Marangona offers one of the truest expressions of Lugana and I couldn't be more pleased that we are able to offer it as one of our Italian selections. Winemaker and owner Alessandro Cutolo employs modern techniques while striving for a classic and memorable wine. His "Tre Campane" is made with grapes picked from 30 year old vines on three different sections of his vineyards. The clay and limestone soils yield grapes rich in both flavor and mineral and the result is this wonderful white. It's pleasantly aromatic with notes of florals, apples, citrus and almond and while it's initially round and concentrated, Tre Campane finishes with lots of crisp, mineral-driven fruit. Since we're not often in the Lake Garda area where this wine is produced, we'll have to settle for this world-class wine!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2015 | Send Email
100% "Turbiana," or Trebbiano di Lugana, grown using a "double arc" cordon in calcareous, mineral-rich clay soil. The grapes are picked by hand 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 about 4 months, then bottled early in the following year. No oak or malolactic fermentation. The vines are around 20 years old. Pale straw color; aroma of almonds, herbs, citrus and a touch of apricot; flavors completely consistent, with excellent acidity, fresh and long. I love this as an aperitif, or as a broadly useful table wine (roast chicken, fish...).

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