2019 Palazzo Tronconi 'Zitore'
Region: Lazio < Italy
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; mixture of clay-limestone soils; fermentation (with 50% de-stemmed) in large oak barrels; no stabilizing, no clarification or filtration. Aged for 18 months in oak then rests 6 months in bottle; unfined/unfiltered with no added SO2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Marco MarroccoMarco’s family owned this pristine vineyard land, in a medieval hill town on the border between Lazio and Campania, for generations. His grandfather basically sold out to international varieties and sold off much of the grapes, but in 2010 Marco Marocco, an engineer, took over the 3.5 hectares of vineyard land, returned to school (at age 37) to get his Italian Somm and Oenology degrees, then headed off to make wine in Bordeaux. When he returned to his land a few years later, Marco revived abandoned, ancient vines that had been grown there for centuries.
Zitore is Marco's homage to his grandfather, Salvatore (his nickname was 'Zitore'). The fruit is generous and plush, leaning on the tart, tangy side, with sour cherry, plum and an earthy, piney note, it's like a mid-summer romp in the forest. Amazing with a slight chill, but also great room temp, alongside anything from the grill, or even a takeout burger.