35 days Skin Contact Wine. 80 Year Old Trebbiano Vines. Racy and Spicy!
Only in its second vintage of production, “Lapideus” is from an extremely old parcel of Trebbiano Spoletino in the village of Trevi that Giampiero acquired a few years back. It combines the savory, introspective character of the “Arboreus” with some of the more fruit-forward qualities of the “Santa Chiara”—in the case of this 2015, apricots and quince. Its acidity is vibrant and electric. Building on the work of his father—a through-and-through farmer whose Umbrian dialect is so thick as to be nearly incomprehensible to outsiders—Giampiero realized what made Paolo’s wines so special and built a philosophy around it. In a series of decades that saw Italian winegrowers embracing modern technology whole-hog, Giampiero—as co-founder of the ViniVeri (“Real Wine”) group—advocated for respectful vineyard work, biodiversity, a de-emphasis on technology in the cellar, non-engagement with professional critics, and an overall trust in old agrarian wisdom.