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Istine "Bianco d'Istine" Bianco Toscano '22
Angela Fronti is improving on the traditions that have for generations defined the wines of Chianti. Similar to her wines, she is high energy, effusively charming and intense, but tempered by elegance and humility. For decades, Angela’s family’s specialization has been in the development and management of vineyards for famous Tuscan wineries. It was only a matter of time before someone in the Fronti family would aspire to produce wine from their estate vineyards. In 2009, Angela produced around 250 cases of Istine Chianti Classico.
Istine consists of 20 hectares, comprising high-altitude, small vineyards in the Chianti Classico area, mostly in Radda with some in Gaiole: Istine Vineyard (between Radda and Castellina), Casanova Vineyard (near Radda) and Cavarchione Vineyard (near Gaiole). The high altitude and predominantly rocky soils ensure freshness, elegance, and good acidity even in warm vintages. The vineyards consist of indigenous varieties, mainly Sangiovese. Conventionally farmed before 2009, Angela’s first move has been to convert the viticulture to organic methods. This parallels her non-interventionist style in the cellar. The estate became certified organic in 2016. (Info from Cream Wine Company)
The 2022 Bianco is a blend of Malvasia Bianca and Trebbiano, from the vineyard Casanova dell’Aia in Radda, in Chianti, the first parcel that the family bought and planted in the 1980s and then renewed in 2014. The soils are rich in limestone, mostly galestro and alberese, but also with clay. The grapes were macerated on the skins for three days in stainless steel tanks and partly fermented in terracotta amphorae and in stainless steel tanks. Bâtonnage was carried out until the end of December to keep the fine lees in suspension. The wine was matured in terracotta amphorae and in stainless steel tanks, then blended in stainless steel tanks, where it rested for a short period before bottling.
Complex nose of orange peel, savory spices and mineral. Medium weight, with some grip on the midpalate. This is a terrific white wine to have in your arsenal for pairing. It would be ideal with a pizza bianco with prosciutto cotto, or even as a glass with some cheeses such as Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano.
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