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I Vigneri Aurora Vino Bianco 2015

Salvo Foti’s name is synonymous with the resurrection of the identity of Mount Etna wines. His work, particularly in networking with growers, rehabilitating and encouraging old vine plantings, working with other wine producers as mentor and formal consultant, has all been formative. The I Vigneri project is his own, but named for a Vintner’s Guild that has continuously maintained alberello bush vine plantings of grapes on Etna since the mid 15th century. Indeed, one of the vineyards I Vigneri draws from is a 250-plus year old site on the top of Etna, mixed planted, with some vines twisting their thick trunks to over six foot high, and it is ludicrously close planted. Foti produces a remarkable rose from that site, an assertion about the quality and status of rose if there ever was one.

This Aurora cuvee comes from a vineyard on the less-talked-about eastern side of Mount Etna, from an older vine patch of carricante, though some minella also makes the blend. Farming is entirely organic, winemaking follows lunar cycles and sees no additions. A serious take on Etna’s unsung white wines.

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Tasted : JUN17
Alcohol : 12.5%
Price : $55
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2017 - 2022

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