La Merla Bianca - 2004 - Stefano Bellotti
Cascina Degli Ulivi
Two highly aromatic grape varieties, and a masterfully controlled oxidative wine style. A nose of ripe fruits, yellow fruits, with notes of minerals, dried fruits, and honey. Palate: a rich, complex and intense juice, with a long finish. A wine crafted for the dinner table.
- 75 cl
- Original features
- Degree of alcohol
- 14 %
- To drink from
- 2023 to 2025
A cuvée of 50% Sauvignon and 50% Gewurztraminer, from vines cultivated biodynamically and planted on clay-limestone soils facing south. Vinification: slow pressing (24 hours), followed by two years of maturation in demi-muid barrels then two years in bottles at the estate, with zero sulphites added at bottling, for a total of 35 mg/l of free sulphur. As Stefano once put it: "La Merla is opulence, lust and generosity".
Stefano Bellotti was a living legend, Italy’s Pierre Overnoy if you will, settled since 1977 in the hills of Novi Ligure between Alexandrie and Gênes (Piedmont). Stefano was 18 years old when he inherited this family farm which comprised just one hectare of vines. And so, it was from almost nothing that Italy’s father of biodynamic viticulture got his start. He’d begin practicing biodynamics...All wines
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