2013 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva SKU #1291174

Price: $17.99

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  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    The 50+ year old vines of the Vigne di Catullo are planted at the bottom of the Alps near Lake Garda which provides clay soil rich in mineral salts. Alongside the long growing season (the grapes are picked the second week of October), this contributes to the complexity of the wine. It begins with notes of fresh lemon and lemon pith encompassed by white flowers and soft yellow orchard fruit. It is lively on the palate filled with that citrus pith and floral character along side graceful acidity, minerality and longevity. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel allowing it to show the true character of the region while still bringing a beautiful weight and texture to the medium bodied white wine. Such character and complexity at a stellar price!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    As much as I enjoy and adore Roveglia's "Limne", the "Vigne Di Catullo" is the real star here. Full-bodied and complex with immense power and strikingly beautiful acidity that lifts up the richness of the wine and keeps it fresh and supple. I absolutely love the aromas of meadow flowers with hints of wild honey in this wine and creamy pear and nectarine flavors with citrus fruit undertones on the palate. This Lugana wine also opens up with time and all aromatics blossom and flavors intensify. I'd love to have with sea bass or sauteed scallops.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is fascinating, it’s full of white flowers, and a creamy vanilla custard like aromatic spiced with bits of Bartlett pear. As impressive as the nose is it’s the palate impact this wine has that will rock you. The Catullo vineyard’s 55year old vines give this wine a bold, richly textured body that plays out across your palate yet a strong mineral presence give the wine real verve and direction. The flavors combine to give a creamy texture and although there is a leesy, vanilla custardy character the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel so it is all coming from the old vines. Harvested in early October the wine has complete physiological ripeness and even though this wine is really rich the vibrant acidity and minerality give it super clean finish. Surprisingly long lived as well, the acidity and minerality give this wine exceptional balance. Although the grapes for Lugana used to be called Trebbiano di Lugana, the locals changed the name to Turbiana, dialect for Trebbiano, but recent DNA studies have shown it to be a bio-type of Verdicchio.
    Drink from 2017 to 2023
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    As good as Roveglia's "Limne" is, the "Catullo" takes Lugana to a different level. It's more complex and compact with a concentrated palate of subtle pear and minerals along with a touch of almond on the finish. The wine is produced from 55-year-old vines and offers a depth normally found in much pricier white wines. This is one of the best Italian white wines under $20 retail that we've encountered of late and we urge you not to miss out.


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