Il Vinco 'Biancoperso' 2019
Producer: Il Vinco
Varietal: Procanico (Trebbiano Toscana), Rossetto (Trebbiano Giallo), and Malvasia Bianca
Notes: “Biancoperso,” or “lost whites,” is a blend of native, local grape varieties from the area, including Procanico (Trebbiano Toscano), Rossetto (Trebbiano Giallo), and Malvasia Bianca Longo vines which were planted in the sandy, volcanic soils of Montefiascone on Lake Bolsena. After crushing and destemming, the grapes spontaneously ferment in cement vats with their own natural yeasts and without the help of other oenological products. No clarification/filtration is carried out, and minimal sulfur dioxide (13 mg/l) is added only during the bottling phase. After a fourteen day maceration on the skins, the wine remains in cement and steel vats for 6 months, before it is bottled and aged for 3 months before release. 12.5% alcohol.
"Located in Montefiascone in the Viterbo province of Lazio, on the southern slopes of the volcanic Lago di Bolsena, Il Vinco is a joint effort between three friends. Daniele Manoni, Marco Fucini, and Nicola Brenciaglia started the project in 2014 to recuperate and restore the native Canaiolo Nero vines indigenous to the area. Canaiolo is most famously known as a blending grape in Chianti. Here in Lazio, planted on volcanic soils and bottled as a mono-varietal, the variety is allowed to shine. With the assistance of another native of Lazio, Andrea Occhipinti, who allowed them use of his cellar, the friends began by purchasing 2.5 hectare of old vine Canaiolo, with another 2.5 just planted. The vines are planted in the area between Capodimonte and Marta on the southern shore of the Lago di Bolsena; Le Coste, another noteworthy producer, is located in Gradoli, on the northern side of the lake. The old vines are planted on hilly slopes between 250 and 450 meters above sea level. The climate here is ideal, with gentle breezes from the lake and good exposure. This, combined with their commitment to an organic approach in the vineyards, make for beautiful and interesting wines. Il Vinco is named for the pliable willow branch used to tie the vines to stakes in the vineyard." -Field Blend Selections