2019 i Pastini Faraone Verdeca, Valle d'Itria IGP, Puglia, Italy (750ml)

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I Pàstini is a small, family-run winery in the Valle d’Itria in eastern central Puglia, founded by Gianni Carparelli and his father Donato. They grow their grapes on the land their ancestors worked, a beautiful limestone plateau overlooking the Adriatic Sea that is co-planted to ancient—multi-millennia old—olive groves. The Valle d’Itria is located roughly in between the coastal towns of Brindisi and Bari, and is made up of a dozen or so small, agrarian towns that are distinguished by their “trulli”, conically-shaped stone structures that historically served to house people, store grain and other staples, and feed livestock. This area experiences hot days during the growing season that are tempered by cool nights and foggy mornings, and is influenced by the nearby Adriatic Sea. It is known as the white wine production center of Puglia.

After studying the history of the indigenous grape varieties of the area, the Carparellis sourced vine cuttings of three local white grapes: Verdeca, Bianco d’Alessano, and Minutolo, and the local red grape, Susumaniello. After vinifying their wines in a neighbor’s cantina for a number of years they built their own winery and cellars, which came online in 2012. They have completed their organic conversion in the vineyards and as of the 2019 vintage are certified.

The “Farone” is made from 100% Verdeca (which is genetically similar to Verdicchio in Le Marche). The grapes were hand-harvested, then carefully sorted in the cellar before being pressed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The resulting wine was then aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 to 6 months with no malolactic fermentation, and then aged and additional 3 months in bottle prior to release.

Pale yellow with a hint of green. The nose is herbaceous; the palate is fresh and clean, with tart citrus fruit, underripe kiwi and a slight floral note. Bright, juicy, vibrant finish with a complementary, slightly saline minerality.

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