2020 Claudio Morelli 'La Vigna delle Terrazze' Bianchello del Metauro DOC, Marche, Italy (750ml)

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Claudio Morelli is a winemaker in the little coastal town of Fano in the Marche, where his family has been farming fruits and vegetables since the 1930s. In the 1950s, virtually all the farms in the area began focusing nearly exclusively on winegrowing, recovering and cultivating several native vines—and Bianchello in particular. This ancient varietal (also known as Biancame) is now grown exclusively on the hills overlooking the Metauro river. Today, the estate consists of 400 olive trees and nearly 22 hectares of vineyards planted to Bianchello del Metauro, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet, and Vernaccia Rossa, in six distinct vineyards.

Morelli’s La Vigna delle Terrazze is made from 100% organically farmed Bianchello. The fruit for this bottling comes from a terraced vineyard near the Adriatic Sea. This unique terroir is influenced by the Bora and Mistral winds that deposit sea salt as they move through the vineyards, and by the warm and dry Garbino wind that blows up the coast from northern Africa, encouraging optimal ripeness.

After harvest, the grapes underwent cryomaceration on the skins and low temperature fermentation in stainless steel with selected yeasts for 20 days. The wine was aged for a total of six months (3 months on the lees) in stainless-steel tanks and saw gentle filtration prior to bottling.

Pale yellow with a hint of green. Delicate aromas of citrus and spring flowers. The palate is both fresh and savory, showing grapefruit, pineapple and melon with notes of sage and tarragon, punctuated with a delicate saline minerality. An artfully balanced wine with a delightfully persistent finish.

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