Morelli Bianchello del Metauro 2017

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Tasting Notes

Charming aromas of flowers, orchard fruit, and white berries lead to a palate with moderate acidity and flavors of nectarines, peaches, pears, and flowers. This is by no means sweet or too fruit-driven, but rather brisk and refreshing, with a touch of ginger and white pepper to balance the fruit.

 

Bianchello is and old Italian variety grown in Umbria and Le Marche. The DOC Bianchello del Metauro lies on the Metauro River that flows into the Adriatic between Pesaro and Ancona. It has a storied past. In the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage in 207 BCE, brothers Hannibal and Hasdrubal were to meet and engage the Romans in the northern Marches near the Metauro River. Legend has it that Gaulish soldiers who had joined Hasbrubal on his march from Spain to Italy indulged too freely in the local wine, most likely Bianchello, and were unfit for battle on the following day, contributing to the Carthaginian loss. While the story is surely apocryphal, it is a testament to the grape’s history and influence.

 

The Morelli family is regarded as the best producer of Bianchello. In the 1930s’ the family grew fruit and vegetables and made wine on the side. In the ‘50s, concentrated their human and financial resources on wine production, focusing on native varieties. Today they have 22 hectares of vineyards planted on hills of sandy and limestone and 400 olive trees. Grape yields are low, and the family developed an innovative way to process the fruit that preserves its inherent freshness.

 

The technique is reductive, meaning it minimizes contact between the must (pressed juice) and air. Grapes are sprayed with liquid carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice, and the juice macerates on the skins under this cold protective blanket for several hours before it ferments in steel tanks. The wine does not see malolactic fermentation, and ages briefly in tank. The result is vibrant color, fresh floral aromas joined with orchard fruit, and persistent fruit and lightly herbal flavors.

 
Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

Color:
White
Origin:
Italy
Grape Varietal:
Other White, 100% Bianchello
Price:
$19.50 each
  bottle(s)