Marangona - Lombardia
Alessandro Cutolo has it going on. Passionate, intuitive, respectful, young- he is a modern purist who is committed to doing his best to achieve the best. Farming older vine Turbiana (Trebbiano di Lugana) grapes on the southern shores of Lake Garda and turning them into precious wines is his gig. He has a small plot of land especially for his Chiaretto- Mostly Groppello, followed by Marzamino, and a bits of Barbera and Sangiovese. What a fabulous rose this is! Elegant and timeless with soft strawberries, bright acidity and heaps of minerality. Oh joy!
'Marangona' refers to the name of a bell that , in the past, was rung to signify the end of the work day. The farm still has this bell.
The area and appellations are rather interesting. The Lugana Doc appellation is around the base of Lake Garda, which is a spectacular part of Italy, though best to go when the rest of Europe is not on vacation. The soils At Marangona are calcareous clay, rich in minerals; though this changes from vineyard to vineyard. You can taste 20 Lugana’s and none will taste the same, the soil and the winemaker are the most improtant part of the game. The altitude is not so high at about 50 - 100 seeing the Doc is in the flatlands around the lake, even so, the wines have crisp, fresh acidity.