Piana dei Castelli – Follia Bianco 2016
Piana dei Castelli’s 2016 Follia Bianco is made of Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Malvasia Puntinata, Trebbiano Giallo and Riesling. The 50-year-old vines are grown on siliceous clay and were harvested manually at the end of September. After destemming, the grapes were crushed and cold-macerated with their skins for 48 hours in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without any additions. It was then aged for 24 months in cement tanks, of which 12 on its lees, and bottled unfiltered. It is recommended to aerate this wine before consumption.
The 2016 Follia Bianco has a golden-yellow color with a green tinge. Its nose is sweet and intense, with aromas of delicate exotic fruits, honey and herbs. On the palate it is round and enveloping, with great tension, balance and structure, plus a long and persistent finish.
About Piana dei Castelli
Located in the comune of Velletri, southeast of Rome in Lazio’s Alban Hills, Matteo Ceracchi and Nicoletta De Angelis run Piana dei Castelli. The couple farm a mosaic of vineyards, spread over eleven different municipalities, at various altitudes and with varying soil types – although mostly volcanic, rich in basalt and tuff. Although Ceracchi is a classically trained oenologist, they work decidedly natural – eschewing synthetic chemicals in their biodynamically farmed vineyards and excess intervention in the cellar. It leads to adventurous, unpredictable wines that express character and a clear sense of place.