Neblina Romagna DOCG Albana Secco

Neblina_back_small.jpgWinery: Azienda Agricola Giovanna Madonia a Bertinoro
Region:
Emilia Romagna
Locale:
Villa Modonia, Bertinoro (Romagna)
Designation: DOCG

Site: Vineyard site is about 350m in altitude. Newer plantings of Albana are trained using guyot system, but the old vines are planted to Albarello, or head-pruned. Yields are extremely small:  about 37 HL/Ha.

Grapes: 100% Albana, picked by hand, usually in the second half of September

Fermentation and Aging: Grapes are softly pressed, and the free run juice (60% of the potential yield) is fermented without the skins in stainless steel fermenters.

Notes: Aromas of peach, white melon, exotic fruits. When Albana di Romagna was made Italy’s first DOCG in 1987, it was widely seen as a joke, proving how politicized the selection was. After all, it is generally a relatively simple white wine, and what about Barolo? Brunello? Barbaresco? Chianti? However, one must taste Neblina and one will understand that this is truly a great white wine. Indeed the 2014 won a coveted Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso – the first ever Tre Bicchieri earned by a dry-styled Albana! Don’t drink it too cold, and open it a good hour before serving – it wouldn’t hurt to decant it.

 

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