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Another Italian discovery has been a simpatico whistle-wetter for us these past two years: Davide Vignato’s brilliant Garganegas from the Gambellara DOC, neighboring Soave. Davide is one of a group of young men and women intent on transforming this small, sleepy, growing area of pergola-trained vines in basalt into a hotbed of organic agriculture and experimentation. Vignato has shown us how much potential this region holds, and his El Gian bottling is the perfect introduction to Davide’s style—crisp, crunchy minerality is the dominant theme.
|Vineyard:||25 years average|
|Soil:||Volcanic, basalt soil|
|Aging:||Ages on fine lees in stainless steel tank for 5 months until bottling|
Giuseppe Quintarelli Italy | Veneto | Recioto della Valpolicella
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312