Quattrocento, Cascina Zerbetta 2017

Quattrocento, Cascina Zerbetta 2017

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Sauvignon Blanc. Piemonte, Italy 

Made by Paolo Malfatti, a Piemonte native who planted his vines on previously unused land in Monferrato in the late 90's. In this picturesque corner of Italy's Northwest, vines grow alongside organic hazelnuts and wild plants.All of the grapes for this wine come from Paolo’s small estate in Piemonte. Sauvignon Blanc makes up 1 of his 4 hectares, and was planted in the early 2000’s, a few years after his Barbera vines. There are also a couple of rows of Muller Thurgau which he initially planted as an experiment and now blends into his white.

Although the vines sit on Terra Rossa, this portion of his land also has some stony calcareous clay which he believes adds a bit of additional tension to the wine and  that gives this wine concentration and texture but also a lovely saline edge. Stone fruits mingling with herbal notes and a light flinty toastiness (no oak used).