Selva Lugana 2017
Selva Capuzza - Selva Lugana 2017 (87 TSW)
My tasting notes:
In the glass a very bright citrus color.
On the medium nose aromas of citrus, melon, pear and light pepper hints.
On the palate soft, light waxy mouthfeel with nice freshness and acidity. Nice mineral aftertaste with tropical fruits and citrus.
Close to Lake Garda lies the winery of Selva Capuzza. I visited them last year after Vinitaly.
Lugana wine was a white wine of old origin but almost unknown outside its small production area. It has been discovered by wine lovers no more than 15-20 years ago and is now becoming more and more popular, in Italy and abroad. The Lugana producing area is located in the southern coast of lake Garda, on the border between two regions and two provinces: Lombardia and Veneto, Brescia and Verona.
Lugana is made mainly with a local grape varietal called Turbiana, a grape of unclear orgins. It has always been considered a clone of Trebbiano di Soave but recently, a DNA test on Turbiana vine made by Milan University has revealed that it is actually not genetically related neither to Trebbiano di Soave, nor to Verdicchio as others believed.
The wine produced in the historical Lugana wine producing area was registered as a DOC(Italian quality label) in 1967, among the very first ones to be protected by Italian wine regulation. According to the DOC production rules, a wine can be labelled Lugana if produced with at least 90% of Trebbiano di Lugana (Turbiana) grapes grown in the registered Lugana wine producing area. Alcohol minimum content has to be at least 10.5% even if quality Lugana DOC are rarely below 12%