Pass-O – Minutolo
100% Fiano Aromatico, an aromatic variety also called Minutolo and indigenous to Puglia. It was previously thought to be in the Fiano family, but was later discovered to be in the same family as Moscato. The vines grow on calcareous clay soil, at an elevation of 1300 feet. The grapes are harvested late September, and macerate on the skins for 24 hours. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation and is aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months, then another 4 months in bottle before release. Notes of tropical fruit, peach blossom and jasmine, full-bodied palate with a delicate hint of honey. Creamy flavors lifted by a fresh acidity. 14% alcohol.
About the Producer
Founded by Gaëtano Marangelli, Pietra is in Minervino di Lecce, a medieval village situated in the eastern part of the Salento peninsula, not far from the sunny beaches of Otranto. Enologist Vincenzo Laera oversees the 40 hectares of alberello-trained vines, which are grown on shallow red soils with layers of calcareous rock. At the heart of the estate is a 17th century baronial palace that houses Origano Osteria, the family restaurant. The property also contains a Mediterranean garden, which hosts live concerts and outdoor dinners during the warmer months, along with ancient underground olive presses and an organic farm.
Farming practices: The winery will be certified organic in 2019.