2021 Feliciana 'Felugan' Bianco, Lugana DOP, Lombardy, Italy (750ml)
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Pale golden hue with bright yellow flashes. Inviting aromas of pineapple and fresh cut melon. The palate is bright and brimming with luscious, tropical fruit flavors of mango and papaya. It shows a graceful intensity, driven by vibrant acidity and a core of underripe stone fruit. The texture is more expansive than expected for an unoaked white. The finish is long, minerally and tapering—making it the perfect summertime sipper.
Feliciana is located in Pozzolengo, a small town located in the shadow of the Tower of San Martino della Battaglia—close to the beautiful town of Sirmione—in the southern region of Garda Lake. Feliciana was founded by brothers Massimo and Giorgio Sbruzzi in 1984, when, with the wise help of their father Sergio, they start producing wine for personal (and few close friends’) enjoyment. At that time, they also bred cattle—a pursuit that was widely practiced in the area. Over the years, as demand for their wines both locally and abroad grew, they gradually converted all of their acreage from animal feed into more than 25 hectares of vineyards and a full production winery.
The Turbiana or Verdicchio (100%) grapes for Feliciana’s Felugan were cultivated without the use of any type of fertilizer or chemical herbicides in the vineyard, relying instead on the use of cover crops. The grapes were carefully hand harvested before being gently pressed. The juice was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The resulting wine was bottled fresh, and bottle conditioned for one month before release. Verdicchio is one of the most interesting of Italy’s white wine varieties, and this is a fine example of both its approachability and complexity.