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Barberani Grechetto 1998

Grechetto from Italy
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    Barberani, Italy
    Among the many areas of Mr. Meador's pioneering work are: varietal identification and clonal isolation; vine physiology operational theory; basal leaf removal; vineyard design--close vine spacing and the vertical shoot system, as well as split-canopy trellising; root-stock studies; low and no sulfur dioxide use in winemaking; research and the introduction of malo-lactic fermentation in white wines to American winemaking; planting of America's first plantation of French barrel oak trees; and the list goes on and on. It is an extraordinary list of winegrowing contributions all having a pronounced effect upon American wines. Currently, most of the new coastal vineyard plantings are of the design and direction he developed. Procedures he developed are having profound effects upon wine. These changes are not limited to American vineyards. After testing the new vineyard design for a decade (1978-1988), the Ventana has been undergoing conversion in its entirety. Beginning with the 1994 harvest, the majority of the grapes from the Ventana will be from the new system of viticulture and the decades of research will converge on the glass of wine for the consumer. Mr. Meador works with both American winegrowers and foreign and continues to pursue viticultural research.

    Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture that is virtually inextricable from wine. Wine grapes are grown just about everywhere throughout the country—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The defining geographical feature of the country is the Apennine Mountain range, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south. The island of Sicily nearly grazes the toe of Italy’s boot, while Sardinia lies to the country’s west. Climate varies significantly throughout the country, with temperature being somewhat more dependent on elevation than latitude, though it is safe to generalize that the south is warmer. Much of the highest quality viticulture takes place on gently rolling, picturesque hillsides.

    Italy boasts more indigenous varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but their use is declining in popularity, especially as younger growers begun to take interest in rediscovering forgotten local specialties. Sangiovese is the most widely planted variety in the country, reaching its greatest potential in parts of Tuscany. Nebbiolo is the prized grape of Piedmont in the northwest, producing singular, complex and age-worthy wines. Other important varieties include Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola, and of course, Pinot Grigio.

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    Producing Umbria’s best snappy and tactile white wines, Grechetto is the region’s star white variety. Whether on its own or as part of a blend, this grape has elevated the quality of the whites throughout this central, land-locked Italian region. Producers have tended to favor its use in the native Orvieto white wine, a dynamic blend composed of varying percentages of Trebbiano, Grechetto, Verdello and Canaiolo bianco, to name a few. Its ability to add texture and penetrating aromas have made it quite popular as of late.

    Many of the producers famous for their Sagrantino-based red wines from Montefalco also produce single varietal Grechettos from the adjacent Colli Martani DOC. These wines are expressive of chamomile, white flowers, smoke, mint and fennel and have juicy lemon, green apple and stone fruit flavors.

    Grechetto is an excellent alternative to an unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot grigio!

    SHC0034964_1998 Item# 29130