Turbiana grapes are strictly connected with the zone of Lugana since at least 1567, when the humanistic Agostino Gallo wrote about the rich production of that varietal in those lands, followed by the winemaker Andrea Bacci who, in the same century, wrote about the production of “Trebulani” wines.
Aware of this rich past Walter Contado, in 1967, established in the Lugana zone of Valtenèsi area, on the southern shores of Garda Lake, his winery in order to produce wine mostly from Turbiana grape. Walter’s visionary and pioneering work, which also led him to found the Consorzio di Tutela Lugana DOC, was held in 1996 by his son Fabio who currently runs the winery with its 110 hectares of vineyards. The current winery approach to the art of wine making is a careful mix between the use of the most advanced technology, in the vineyards as in the cellar, and the preservation of wine practices handed down historically in those lands.
The Lugana Fabio Contado, belonging to the winery “selections”, began to be produced by Walter in order to dedicate to his son his best expression of Turbiana-Lugana DOC. It is made with the grapes coming from the oldest vineyards, with very low yields, carefully hand-picked and selected. In the cellar all the phases of vinification, after the soft crushing, are held in mostly new barriques, in which the wine ages for more than one year, before being bottled and refine for 6 months.
This 2016 vintage shows in the glass a golden yellow color and a beautiful glyceric consistency, with smells of ripe yellow melon, peaches in syrup, pineapple and pink grapefruit, followed by spice such as cinnamon, white pepper and ginger, then ending with Normandy butter, toffee and toasted hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is well balanced with a starting soft and warm sensation followed by a truly thirst-quenching salty and acidic one. The finish, long, is of glyceric-citrine character.
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