Cantina Giardino

Chianzano 2018

Recall the term "Times New Roman in the streets, Wingdings in the sheets" - that applies here. This is a wine that's dressed to impress with a solid structure that can stand up to a thoughtful and delicate tasting menu, but also has a wildness that makes it fun for dedicated drinking. Aged for 18 months in barrels, this wine delivers citrus and herbs with a hint of pickles and the anghit one gets from cured meat.

Type: Still Skin-Contact/Orange Wine
Grape Variety: Made from 2/3 Coda di Volpe and 1/3 Greco
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Bottle size: 750ml 
Alcohol %: 12.63%

About the Producer

Cantina Giardino is a joint venture between six friends with the goal to preserve old vineyards and native grape varieties in and around Irpinia, a mountainous town in the heart of Campania. Headed by Antonio and Daniela di Gruttola, the project sources fruit from 16 distinct and often quite distant parcels. In total, this represents about six hectares.

From the beginning, the aim has been to source older vines (50+) from contadini who have been working traditionally for generations but were at risk of having to abandon or uproot their land. The indigenous Aglianico, Coda di Volpe, Greco and Fiano grapes are used to make a wide, ever evolving range of reds, whites and rosé, all bottled with distinctive labels designed by a tight-knit crew of local artists. Vinification is an instinctual, unique process each vintage. Each year, the wine ends up where Antonio feels it needs to be. In very rare cases and only if deemed absolutely necessary, a small dose of sulfur is added at bottling. Otherwise the wine is bottled as-is.

Description c/o Louis Dressner Selectiions