Villa Margon Chardonnay

Tenute Lunelli

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Chardonnay

WINEMAKERS

Vittorio Stringari

BACKGROUND

The Lunelli family, third generation of winemakers at Ferrari Trento DOC, have pursued their passion for wine with the creation of Tenute Lunelli, comprised of three wine estates located in three different regions of Italy, Umbria, Tuscany and Trentino. Only the Umbria estate wines from Tenuta Castelbuono are currently available in the US. The winery is a realization of sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and the technical expertise of architect Giorgio Pedrotti. The huge dome covered with copper, marked with a pattern of grooves and cracks, is inspired by a carapace, a tortoise shell. An accompanying sculptural element in the shape of a red arrow (called the Lampante) piercing the earth highlights the structure in the surrounding landscape.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The Castelbuono property encompasses approximately 74 acres of vineyards in the areas of Bevagna and Montefalco. Since acquiring the property, the Lunellis have focused on converting the vineyards to organic agriculture.

A land-locked area in the heart of Italy, Umbria has a similar climate and geography to Tuscany, with cold, rainy winters and dry sun-filled summers. An exception is the area surrounding Lake Trasimeno and Lake Bolsena, where a mild, Mediterranean microclimate dominates.

Umbria’s native Sagrantino is a unique grape variety, a vivid combination of tradition and innovation, unmistakable for its power and aromatic body. At Castelbuono, historic old vines are preserved and new vines are added through a structured cloning selection project called the “Patriarchs Project.”

WINEMAKING

Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts, and partly in oak barrels.

AGING

Aged partly in stainless steel and partly in barrels of different sizes for 10-12 months, then in bottle for at least 8-10 months.

TASTING NOTES

It is a very complex, fragrant and persistent wine, with grapefruit and apple notes on the nose. On the palate, it is well-balanced, made with mineral tang and hints of white fruit that are given greater depth by a small percentage of wood-aged wine.

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