AWESOME THING WE DRANK #709 | Veneto’s Excellent, Smashable Angiolino Maule Masieri

July 25, 2016.

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by Treve Ring | There is so much I love about this wine, the least of which is that it’s so smashable it’s only produced in magnums. #Respect.

Of course, there’s also the wild ferment, natural farming, volcanic soils, no added sulphites and no filtration to love. Angiolino Maule has been one of Italy’s founding figures of natural farming and winemaking since the late 1980s. Sons Francesco and Alessandro are continuing the family tradition, working their estate in the hills of Gambellara between Verona and Vicenza. Here, 9 hectares of south facing, volcanic slopes 150m to 250m in altitude are turned into characterful and authentic wines like this.

Angiolino Maule Masieri, IGT Veneto | $36 for 1500ml

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So yes, much to love here, but most importantly, the taste: fresh hay, green apple skin, light almond, subtle wildflowers and fine bitter lemon zest humming along on the finish. A fine slick of earthy lees oils the bottom of the palate, while herbal lemon oil-laced acidity brightens the whole to a lightly grippy finish. You rock up to a party carrying one of these beauties and you are the party. To summarize: an easily smashable wine in a highly shareable size for a highly affordable price.

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