2019-C Feliciana Felugan Lugana, Veneto, Italy (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
The intensity here is driven by vibrant acidity and flavors of underripe stone fruit. The texture is more expansive than expected for an unoaked white, the finish is long and tapering. The perfect summer evening aperitif.
Feliciana is located in Pozzolengo, a small town in the shadow of the Tower of San Martino della Battaglia. It is close by the beautiful town of Sirmione, all in the South 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 started producing wine for personal (and few friends’) consumption. At that time they also bred cattle, a pursuit that was widely practiced in the area. Over the years, with the continuous improvement in quality coupled with a greater demand for their wines both locally and abroad, they gradually converted all of their acreage from animal feed into what is now 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 (relying on the use of cover crops) or chemical herbicides in the vineyard. The grapes were carefully harvested by hand 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. In our view Verdicchio is one of the most interesting of Italy’s white wine varieties, and this is a ﬁne example.