Il Vinco Mistione Rosato

Regular price $25.00

Winemaker: Daniele Manoni, Marco Fucini, and Nicola Brenciaglia

Appellation: Montefiascone, Lazio, Italy

Grape Varieties: Canaiolo Nero, Procanico, Rossetto, and Malvasia Bianca Lunga

New! This is a blend of native red and white grapes: Canaiolo Nero, Procanico, Rossetto, and Malvasia Bianca Lunga, planted on volcanic and sandy soils. The grapes are fermented separately in concrete tanks with native yeasts and aged for six months in stainless steel and fiberglass with no added SO2. The Canaiolo is left for only two days on the skins. The red and white grapes are blended after fermentation and aging. This is a beauty – a super glou glou fresh and natural wine with aromas and flavors of citrus fruits, forest berries, and a saline sapid character.

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.

Follow this link for a very cool article (in Italian) about the natural wine movement in Lazio, specifically Lago di Bolsena from Vice Munchies.