Peschiera del Garda VR, Italy (Veneto)
As part of the Verdicchio grape family, this local grape is called Turbiana and it is unique to the southern shore of Italy's largest lake, lake Garda. This unoaked wine has a full-bodied texture, not unlike Chardonnay, but with aromas and a finish that are markedly distinct. On the nose there are white flowers, citrus, and pear, with a classic finish reminiscent of almond. The mid-palate is always fresh, with a lively acidity to counter the weight and texture.
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The Le Morette winery is named after a small duck and translates as, the brunette. These ducks nest on the family's property, and because of this habitat no chemicals are used in the vineyards. The family is integral in the research on native grape species and have been grafting vines for three generations. Fabio and Paolo Zenato, have continued the family tradition of, grafting vines, producing great wine, and protecting the biodiversity of the area.
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