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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Argillae Grechetto 2011
Argillae Grechetto 2011
(search item no. 123831)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Grechetto is a white grape variety (presumably of Greek origin) that is widely planted in central Italy, but especially in Umbria. Mostly used as an ingredient in Orvieto, it is now also very often made as a varietal wine full of character.

Dark straw yellow color.Intense and forward nose with almond and mineral notes Sense-warming and harmonious tasting experience dovetails perfectly into the aftertaste sensations released by the terroir

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About Argillae:

Umbria is Italy's only region that is entirely surrounded by Italy. Tuscany is Umbria's neighbor to the northwest, and Rome is a 2-hour drive southwest from Umbria's southern border. The region's eastern border is entirely occupied by Abruzzo. Winewise Umbria shares many of its grape varieties with Tuscany (Sangiovese, for example). Umbria’s main acclaim to wine fame is that it is the home of the historic hilltop town, Orvieto, and the white wine of the same name. Umbria is blessed with a similar climate to Tuscany's: warm and dry, but cool enough, thanks to the Tiber River and its tributaries flowing through the region. The soil is mainly calcareous clay and sand, with plenty of limestone, always good for vines.

And it is from these particular soils that this winery takes its name, ARGILLAE. Argilla is the Italian word for clay. Azienda Agricola Argillae is set on the hills between Allerona and Ficulle, northwest of Orvieto, and boasts some 640 hectares of land, of which 170 are planted with vine (the rest is devoted to olive groves, corn and woods). The vineyards are located on the slopes of the hills, at approx 1000 to 1380 feet of altitude and enjoy good exposure to the east and west and ideal microclimate. This territory is characterized by rock formations called "calanchi", a type of badland formed by erosion in clayey bedrock, particularly along the river valleys, some 2 millions years ago. As a proof that this area was once under water, the land is rich in fossilized seashells and turtle shells. With the expertise of renowned oenologist Lorenzo Landi, Argillae winery offers three interpretations of Umbria, its land and its history: Orvieto, Grechetto and a red blend called Sinuoso.