50% Procanico, 30% Grechetto, and 20% Verdello & Malvasia (all Estate-grown fruit). Intense straw yellow in color, this wine has an elegant nose that releases a vivid and definite perfume of white fruit. In the mouth, the impact is dense and dry, yet perfectly balanced.
This wine is perfect for a casual night with some friends over and a white pizza!
Practicing Organic Viticulture
In Stock At our temperature controlled facility in Costa Mesa, CA
“Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto” – Stephen Tanzer
The Palazzone estate in Orvieto is practically the last bastion of estate-bottled wine in this historic Umbrian appellation that dates back to Etruscan times. The wines from this area have been respected for over two millennia. Giovanni began bottling his own Orvieto in 1982, and nearly forty years later, he still does everything he can to keep the dream of Orvieto alive. Year in and year out, he makes honest, classic wines with only fruit from his own vineyards. No shortcuts in his vineyards, no tricks in the cellar, just pure Orvieto terroir. The soil of Orvieto is complex: 3 million years ago, this land was under the sea, so there is a lot of sedimentary clay and limestone with very little organic matter. About 250,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions from Monte Vulsini (now Lake Bolsena) covered this area with volcanic rock, ash and pumice.
“What keeps an appellation producing wine for 2500 years?” Giovanni asks playfully. “If Piero Antinori, one of the richest and most famous winemakers in Tuscany, decided to make his great white wine in Umbria – it’s for a reason. If Luca Signorelli [renaissance artist extraordinaire], had in his contract both gold and Orvieto wine to paint the fresco of the Last Judgement in the cathedral of Orvieto in the 1500s, it tells you something. If the wine wasn’t good or didn’t have potential, surely it would have been relegated to history.”
Margaux lived in Orvieto for a summer, so this wine holds a special place in her heart. She thinks Orvieto is Italy’s best kept secret. The town is perched on top of a hill overlooking the vineyards and seems to be a place where time stands still. The ceramics are one of a kind with origins rooted in Etruscan history, truffles come on just about everything you order and the wines, specifically the white wines, are incredibly underrated. See for your yourself, this will be your new go-to weekday wine.