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The Old White from Lazio


Three years ago Mannie Berk, The Rare Wine Co., visited winemaker Antonio Pulcini at the 2,000 year old villa overlooking Rome where he makes wine.  Pulcini only sells his wine out of the cellar door so the journey was the only way Mannie could secure a parcel of the top wine from his Colle Gaio vineyard.  At this vineyard vines of the indigenous Malvasia del Lazio grow on volcanic tufa.

This summer Mannie shared a bottle of the 1996 Casal Pilozzo Colli di Catone, Colle Gaio, The Old White, Lazio.  This is an interesting white wine with round flavors of fruit, Christmas spices, and lees.  This vintage is fully mature, though by no means tired, offering a combination of flavors I had never experienced before.  Curious wine drinkers should search out The Old White.

1996 Casal Pilozzo Colli di Catone, Colle Gaio, The Old White, Lazio
Imported by The Rare Wine Co.  This wine is 100% Malvasia del Lazio.  Alcohol 12.5%.  This mouth filling wine yields an interesting combination of yellow and white fruit, Christmas spices, and notes of lees.  There are mineral notes and a round finish.  This mature wine is for drinking now.  *** Now.

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