Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wine of the Week - Cesconi Manzoni Bianco

This week's featured wine beautifully captures the terroir of Trentino with its full body and rich complexity. Loose alluvial soils, which have originated over the centuries by the Sarca River, are ideal for growing this unique varietal. The region's cool climate, due to its close proximity to Lake Garda, gives the wine a fresh acidity. The Manzoni Bianco is filled with notes of allspice, pear, and honeysuckle, with a touch of vanilla. It's perfect for the warming weather, pairing nicely with spicy and flavorful dishes such as Thai curry or barbecue. 

Perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River is the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings, the Cesconi family tends their vineyards planted to both red and white grapes. The current proprietors can trace their family roots back to the 17th century, and building on more than two centuries of cultivating and producing wine in Trentino, the four Cesconi brothers - Lorenzo, Roberto, Alexander and Franco - as well as their father Paul, continue the family tradition. The family has a deep appreciation and respect for the achievements of their ancestors, however, they seek to build on this history by perfecting the traditional practices of the Domaine. To that end, the brothers work entirely organically in the vineyards and continue to move towards biodynamic methods. It's hard not to admire the humble ambitions of these soft spoken farmers to make what Lorenzo refers to as, "tasty wine" - if only more wines were produced with such a concise vision.


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