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2015 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva

SKU #1369829 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Aromas of ripe orchard fruit, citrus, grilled herb and nuts delicately guide the nose. Round and delicious, the medium-bodied palate delivers baked yellow apple, creamy white peach, ginger and white almond alongside tangy acidity. A juicy note of candied lemon drop lingers on the close. *Editors’ Choice* (KO) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2019 | Send Email
Wow! This is a wine that will make you pay attention to Lugana. It has great aromatics, heirloom apples, citrus and a fine mineral component. This wine is sleek and powerful on the palate. The concentrated fruit bounces off of the lively acidity. This is a dynamic itriguing wine.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
Want to get on the ground floor of a new discovery? Look no further than this sexy harmonious white from the Lugana region of Italy. Evoking a flavor profile and texture that is one part Gruner, one part Fiano and one part Ribolla Gialla which leads to all parts awesome. Stone fruit nose of nectarine, this fullish bodied white has great underlying acidity and begs for a weeknight visit to your favorite fishmonger for some pan seared salmon or baked cod. It is luscious and delicious and will keep you coming back for more.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
I love the nose of this wine is fascinating, it’s full of white flowers, and a creamy vanilla custard like aromatic spiced with bits of Bartlett pear, it initially seems somewhat like stone fruits but it’s beyond that there’s almost a texture in the nose. The Catullo vineyard’s 55year old vines give this wine a bold, richly textured body that plays out across your palate yet a strong mineral presence gives the wine real verve and direction. The flavors combine to give a creamy texture and although there is a leesy, vanilla custardy character the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, so it is all coming from the old vines. Harvested in early October the wine has complete physiological ripeness and even though this wine is really rich the vibrant acidity and minerality give it super clean finish. Surprisingly long lived as well, the acidity and minerality give this wine exceptional balance.
Drink from 2019 to 2025

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2019 | Send Email
Nestled near the magnificent southern shores of Lake Garda in Northern Italy, the Lugana DOC is home to fragrant, distinctive white wines that mirror the pure lacustrine breezes that flow through the vineyards, lengthening the growing season and adding structure, textural finesse and complexity to the fruit. Tenuta Roveglia was founded by Federico Zweifel, a Swiss emigrant who first planted vines in Lugana in the nineteenth century. Over time the estate grew to cover 250 acres, many of which were planted to the obscurely named Turbiana grape, better known as Verdicchio, one of Italy’s great white grapes. Riserva wines in Lugana are required to age two years prior to release, and this straw-colored wine, named for the sensualist Roman poet Catullus, is animated by rich and evocative flavors of ripe orchard fruits, meadow flowers, lemon meringue and melon, with lingering almond notes on the slightly saline finish. A wine to inspire the poet, cook and lover in us all…..
Top Value!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
Roveglia's "Vigne di Catullo" is one of the most intriguing and impressive Italian white wines on our sales floor. The grapes come from 55 (plus) year old vines late harvested in early October, a couple of weeks post normal harvest. It's round and creamy with rich fruit and a core of persistent acidity and mineral that make it outstanding alone and wonderful when paired with seafood pastas, fish and risotto. Although it's more than suitable to drink now, it will continue to develop in the cellar over the next couple of years.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
Tenuta Roveglia is kind of legendary around here. Their lower-tier “Limne” Lugana was my easy grab for San Mateo’s concert in the park last Summer. In fact, I think I bought more bottles of that wine than any other in the last calendar year. So when I had the chance to try the upper-tier Catullo Riserva, there was a lot of anticipation. I’m happy to say that this wine blew away my expectations. The nose is incredibly floral with tons of minerality, honeycomb and subtle stone fruits. Beautifully textured with citrus carrying though on the palate. A brilliant display of balance, it’s not often that the follow up to an epic wine performs even better than the original. I’m convinced that where Tenuta Roveglia is concerned, this summer I’m definitely trading up to the Catullo.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2019 | Send Email
Another absolutely stunning effort from this benchmark Lugana producer. We've worked with Roveglia for years, but every time we pop a bottle it's like I'm trying it for the first time, revelation. These wines love a little bit of age and tend to get huge scores when they're reviewed so get a head of the crowd and stock your cellar full. The nose is explosive aromas of tangerine, creamy sherbet, tropical spice and attractive mineral undertones. The palate is weighty, textured, but lifted. Pungent Amalfi lemon peel, tense just ripened stone fruit and a balancing spice note. The texture is there for anyone who likes to chew their whites a bit, but it never feels overwrought. Just an incredibly satisfying and complex wine that will continue to improve in the cellar for years to come.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
Tasting through the Roveglia line up I considered the charms of both the “Limne” and “Vigne di Catullo” bottlings. It’s remarkable to see two such different expressions of Verdicchio. While the Limne hits you with its firm minerality, it’s the sensual lushness of the Catullo bottling that wins you over. The wine is simply fruity, fresh, and lively with soft fruit notes of melon, peach, and apples. This would be a perfect choice to start a summer evening and transition into a finely selected plate of salumi and cheese.

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is so attractive and inviting with aromas of stone fruit, quince, and tropical fruit. Rich and round on the palate with notes of citrus zest, baked apple, with a creamy mouthfeel and zesty acidity. Delicious by itself, this would also pair beautifully with an almond and vinaigrette salad.
Drink from 2019 to 2022

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
This is round, rich and textured with the weight and ripeness beautifully balanced by fresh acidity on the finish of salty mineral and juicy golden delicious apple. The middle is filled with ripe peach, almond and sweet crushed melon flavors. Generous and refreshing.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
Looking for a refreshing white that has density and texture but will cool you down? This it IT! The Catullo has a beautiful round fleshy peach aroma with stone fruit qualities as well. The palate is soft and rich with an agreeable acidity and a dab of sweetness that makes this wine perfect for all aperitivos, digestivos and all in between!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2019 | Send Email
A great, European alternative to California Chardonnay, this Lugana is richer and fuller bodied than some others, but the great acidity makes the ripe orchard fruit notes pop even more. The sweet apple and pear notes and subtle cream make this a phenomenal companion for summer evening cheeseboard and front porch small bites- Easy for most wine drinkers to enjoy.

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