2018 L’Archetipo Greco Bianco

2018 L’Archetipo Greco Bianco

Regular price $22

Region: Puglia < Italy

Grapes: Greco

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified Organic / Biodynamic / Triple A;
marble soil (limestone/calcite); after destemming and soft crushing
grapes, must ferments spontaneously with grapes skins for 4-5 days
before juice is soft pressed off; fermentation continues for 2 months
at low temp, then rests on lees 5-6 months in steel tanks before being
bottled unfiltered with minimal added SO2; 12.5% ABV

Winemaker: Francesco Valentino + Anna Maria Dibenedetto

Francesco comes from a long line of farmers and winegrowers, taking
over the family vineyard from his pop after studying agronomy at
university.  Starting in the 80’s, he began to convert his land to
organic farming, then transitioned to biodynamic farming in 2000.  He
went even further a few years later, eliminating all physical working
of the soil after studying Masanobu Fukuoka’s philosophy of "do
nothing" agriculture in which all synergies in the ecosystem are
linked, and ploughing or tilling the soil is disruptive to the root
structure and biome of the soil.  We love that he's focusing on
building the strongest vineyard possible, rather than experimentation
in the cellar, because we've come to learn over the years that what
happens in the vineyard matters most.

All of these next-level practices would be considered edgy,
progressive and rare anywhere, but in Puglia they are unheard of.  We
can't wait to meet this mad scientist next summer, as the Summer 2020
visit obviously didn't happen as planned.  But until then, we'll be
drinking boat loads of his skin-contact Greco -- one of the prettiest,
most floral and mineral-driven orange wines we've found.  Greco is a
subtly aromatic grape, so it makes sense that it smells like flowers
and honey, but the palate is full of ripe pineapple and yellow peach,
with a salty, mineral finish.  Not only is this wine incredibly
delicious, it also happens to be one of the best-value orange wines
around.  Stock up.

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