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9 is Enough

Bianco

Bianco Puglia   |   Foggia - Italy

About

9 is Enough is the culmination of the relatively short time Valentina has learned the nuance of her vineyard and the unique micro-sites within it. The major difference between the ‘9 is Enough’ wines and ‘Calcarius’ is the former comes from grapes grown on ‘brown’ soils while the latter is from the ‘white’ soils of her vineyard. Furthermore from a winemaking/style perspective ‘9 is Enough’ showcases the beauty of the grapes at a very low alcohol level, or 9% is enough (sub-10% across the line). She has initially set out to make them non-vintage wines, leaving herself the creative flexibility to blend across multiple vintages for unique profiles or for further experimentation in the cellar that might require the wine to be labelled non-vintage. This inaugural release of the bianco is based off of the indigenous aromatic variety, Bombino, and is entirely from the 2019 vintage.

The fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented entirely whole-berry.  After 2-3 days on skins, the grapes were pressed with the gross lees to open-top stainless-steel tanks for fermentation. Ambient yeast started and finished the fermentation and by the eighth day the wine was dry. It was then racked to a closed stainless-steel tank for maturation and after six months the wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Bombino
  • Vineyard: Azienda Agricola Biologica Valentina Passalacqua
  • Vine Age: 10-15-years-old
  • Soil Type: Brown clay-loam with calcaire of Kimmeridgian origin and limestone subsoil
  • Viticulture: Certified Organic - Practicing Biodynamic
  • Fermentation: Native – stainless-steel (Destemmed - whole-berry)
  • Skin Contact: 2-3 days
  • Aging: 6 months in stainless-steel
  • Alcohol: 9%
  • pH: 3.5
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Total SO2: 25 ppm
  • Total Production: 550 cases

Tasting Note

A ligth wine with an cool character. The aroma has notes of lemon, orange and pear, tipical of this varietal. In the mouth is marked by a marked acidity typical of the Bombino, saline and very strong with returns of citrus and pineapple.

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