'La Ponce' Cotes Du Rhone Blanc, Domaine Escaravailles
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Grape VarietyPinot Grigio
StyleAromatic & Zesty
Helped by his great determination and his clear stylistic ideals, Massimo Di Lenardo is quickly becoming one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable. Vigne dai Vieris, Vigne da San Martin, Vigne da les Maris and Tiare D’Albe are the names of the estate’s four vineyard sites totalling roughly fifty hectares, part of a larger farming area of about 150 hectares. Since 1987 Massimo has made wines exclusively from his own hand harvested vineyards, now planted with densities at between 4,500 and 6,500 plants per hectare with consequently very low yields.
The grapes are put in a tank for a 18 hours skin maceration. Then the skins are separated and the must is transferred to temperature-controlled fermentation still vats. The wine stayed on the lees until bottling.
The “GOSSIP” Pinot Grigio exhibits a beautiful, light copper color with luminescent clarity. The lush aromas include wild strawberry, elderberry, hay and dried roses with hints of dried fruits and almond. A beautiful balance of robust fruit and crisp acidity characterize the complex palate with flavors that mirror the notes found in the wine’s bouquet.