By: John Majeski
K&L Staff Member
Nestled near the magnificent southern shores of Lake Garda in Northern Italy, the Lugana DOC is home to fragrant, distinctive white wines that mirror the pure lacustrine breezes that flow through the vineyards, lengthening the growing season and adding structure, textural finesse and complexity to the fruit. Tenuta Roveglia was founded by Federico Zweifel, a Swiss emigrant who first planted vines in Lugana in the nineteenth century. Over time the estate grew to cover 250 acres, many of which were planted to the obscurely named Turbiana grape, better known as Verdicchio, one of Italy’s great white grapes. Riserva wines in Lugana are required to age two years prior to release, and this straw-colored wine, named for the sensualist Roman poet Catullus, is animated by rich and evocative flavors of ripe orchard fruits, meadow flowers, lemon meringue and melon, with lingering almond notes on the slightly saline finish. A wine to inspire the poet, cook and lover in us all…..