Punta Crena Vigneto Reine Mataossu 2015 is a one of a kind wine from Northern Italy. According to the winery they are the only one who uses the grape to make wine.
This is a white that is crisp acidity, minerals and light, summery herbalness leap out at you in this wine. I had to stop and think about the overall body of this wine. Sometimes the ease of drinking something makes a wine come off as light but when you think on it this wine has more body. Part of what tricks me is acidity. When it is strong I think “light” but that is my mouth tricking my brain (which happens with regularity in all aspects of life). In this case I am splitting hairs because this wine IS light, just perhaps not AS light as I initially thought.
There is a temptation to look for and discuss fruit (at least for me) in a wine but this one? As noted, the herbal, green component leaps out most. This doesn’t mean there is no fruit but there was some sort of mid-palate melon here and it isn’t barely noticable. It pops up with some forcefulness.
The vines are almost 90 year old and, as noted, Punta Crena is the only producer that uses this grape. There are others who say the do but Punta Crena insists those actually use a different (but still rare) grape. The town of Varigotti is right on the sea and the vineyards are not far off. This is another wine that falls into the “natural” category. But like many this isn’t because of some new trend; it is how the family has always done things. What is old becomes new again.
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