Our Tasting Impressions
Definitely not your father's Trebbiano (Spoletino). This is a serious white wine that is capable of and will benefit from aging. The soil, yeast and elevage of Perticaia's Bianco results in aromatics of hydrocarbon (think smoked almonds) that, over time, sharpen and intensify the saline and mineral characters. It is a characteristic of many highly coveted white wines. Right now, the wine is zesty, chalky, intensely floral and most delightful.
About this wine
Trebbiano Spoletino is harvested manually in the coolest hours of the day in mid-October. It undergoes 12 hours of cold maceration at 8º C before pressing. Fermentation is in steel tank at controlled temperature. The wine spends 15 months in contact with the fine lees.
About the grape
Trebbiano Spoletino is unique to Umbria and really only found in the area around Spoleto. Little is known about its origins. Like most Trebbiano it is late-ripening and resistant to mildew and botryitis. Only in the last 20 years, has it been featured as a varietal wine but the results have been successful so its use is increasing.
About the vintage
2019 at Pertciaia: A rainy and cold March delayed budding for a few weeks. Abundant May rainfall restored the water reserve in the soil. Flowering took place in early June. High summer temperatures mitigated diseases and allowed excellent fruit setting. Fine weather continued until early October. The harvest in began the first week of September and ended the third week of October. All the vines achieved complete maturation, both from a technological and phenolic point of view.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté
Perticaia is the local Umbrian term for plow. This estate is in the region's leading DOC of Montefalco and in the area known as Casale, which is recognized as producing the most elegant wines of the region.
The ownership of Perticaia is not your atypical of all other VDLT producers. Aldo Becca left Umbria for Luxembourg as a young man. From nothing, he built a diversified company. Today, his son Flavio heads the business. Theyhave returned to their roots by investing heavily in the promotion of all things Umbrian. In 2018, they acquired Perticaia.
The vineyards sit between 320 and 350m above sea level and all are within 1km of the estate, so the grapes experience limited stress post-harvest. Their pruning system results in yields significantly lower than the DOC requirements. Production is 100,000 bottles per year.
Flavio hired Paolo Salvi, a renowned oenologist (who consults with the illustrious Tuscan estate, Montevertine) to assist their winemaker.Pertacaia's style for Sagrantino emphasizes elegance and balance, making the wines more approachable when younger. These are serious, exciting wines that are among Italy's finest.