2019 Ai Galli, Malbech Veneto IGT, Italy (750ml)
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A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Dark ruby hue. Aromas of dark plum, prunes, mustard seed and dusty earth. This is echoed on the palate which shows stewed blueberries and prunes, with hints of sweet tobacco, tomato leaf and bell pepper. This medium bodied red is perfect on a chilly evening, and over-delivers considering its modest price.
The grapes (100% Malbec) were hand-harvest and carefully sorted. Fermentation took place on the skins in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats for 10 days with carefully selected yeasts. The ﬁnished wine was aged in stainless-steel until bottling. Ai Galli was established in the early 1970s and has achieved excellence in winemaking by coupling tradition with innovation. They are known for creating elegant, balanced, terroir-driven wines. The Ai Galli vineyards are located between Veneto and Friuli Venezia-Giulia, where grapes have been grown since the ancient Roman times—a unique terroir cradled between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomite mountains. Today Ai Galli has sixty hectares of carefully cultivated vines grown in this mineral-rich, predominantly clay soil, known locally as Caranto, which features a thin surface layer of calcium carbonate.