The arrival of a new producer is always an exciting event here in our Berkeley shop, not unlike the heady days of a new relationship. Everyone is over the moon, staff and clients alike. But this feeling doesn’t last forever. New wines arrive, vintages pass, and the bloom comes off the rose. Mignon McLaughlin wrote a famous aphorism about relationships: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” This trait is also useful in the wine business, and with our producers it’s frankly pretty easy. We’re now four years into our relationship with the wines of Duline, and I’m just as smitten as I was the first time I tasted them.
If I had to pick one word to describe Duline’s Pinot Grigio, I think I would go with “complete.” It seems like the perfect glass of white wine, and I can’t imagine changing a single thing. Or maybe I would go with “delicious.” From the flowers on the nose to the fruit on the palate, and on through the succulent finish, it’s simply a joy to drink. You know what? After careful consideration, I think I’ll go with two words: “completely delicious.”
Both the name “Chioma Integrale” and the drawing of proprietor Lorenzo Mocchiutti on the label refer to Duline’s practice of not trimming the vine shoots during the growing season. Instead, each vine is given the freedom to find its own balance, and that balance, in turn, finds its way into this bottle. It has body but still refreshes. It is crisp but not austere. There’s fruit, but it’s not cloying. And then there’s the nose. Lorenzo says that when Malvasia Istriana is perfectly ripe, there’s a whisper of lavender. It’s quite an experience.
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