2021 Palazzo Tronconi WTF Rustica Progenie Bianco 1L
Region: Lazio < Italy
Grapes: Maturano, Capolongo, Pampanaro
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; mixture of clay-limestone; fermented in concrete tanks and aged in stainless with no temp control; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal added SO2; 96 cases; 13% ABV
Winemaker: Marco Marrocco
Marco’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. Like Maturano, Capolongo, + Pampanaro, all indigenous white varieties of which you've never heard, featured here in this brand new 1L crusher that literally just landed!
From hillside vineyards in the ancient hill town of Arce, this white blend is fun, bright and down to (holiday) party. These grapes lean towards the full-bodied side, but the pick is early and the concrete treatment renders them fresh -- meaning you get generous fruit in the wine but not the weight. Pretty apple and citrus fruit, zippy (but not sharp) acid and a satisfying, round mouthfeel make this an all-around, versatile crowd pleaser -- packaged in a 1L bottle, because this happy wine is meant to share!