Cascina degli Ulivi 'Semplicemente Bianco' VDT 2019
Producer: Cascina degli Ulivi
Notes: 100% Cortese from Ulivi's estate vines in and around Gavi. As always, the fruit was destemmed and spontaneously fermented in tank and barrel and then aged 6 months+ in a gigantic 11,000-liter oak cask, with no sulfur added at any point. This is Ulivi's entry-level white, the crown cap indicative of its intended glou-glou nature.
"Where to start with the late Stefano Bellotti and Cascina degli Ulivi? Largely responsible for the legitimization of biodynamic viticulture and the eschewing of modern oenology since the early 1980's, his vision has inspired a generation of younger vignaioli. In a world determined to categorize and explain everything with science, Stefano preached holism. Even more impressive, he showed us how to buck the system, to voice dissent and fight back against the commodification of nature and agriculture. In so many ways, Stefano has played a key role in our evolution and approach to the wines we import." - Louis Dressner