Leonardo Bussoletti Colle Ozio 2018
Grecchetto di Orvieto 50%, Pignoletto 50%
Winemaker Leonardo Bussoletti is in the vanguard of Ciliegiolo revival, working with the University of Milan since 2009 to identify thirty different clones of this ancient grape variety and parent of Sangiovese. Leonardo has nine hectares of organic vineyards in Narni. The local clone, Ciliegiolo di Narni, is now found all over Italy.
Aside from Ciliegiolo though, Leonardo is also delving into the two local types of Grechetto with his Colle Ozio white wine. Grechetto (and similarly Greco) is a grape name found across central and southern Italy and may suggest historic links to Greek varieties, though this is uncertain.
In Umbria there are two types of Grechetto and Leonardo uses both here fifty-fifty. Grechetto di Orvieto is a prerequisite alongside Trebbiano and Verdello in Umbria's most famou white wine, the eponymous Orvieto.
Meanwhile Grechetto di Todi goes by another perhaps more recognised name, Pignoletto, where in the Bologna area of Emilia-Romagna in particular it is used for increasingly well-regarded sparkling wines.
The Colle Ozio vineyards are 290 metres above sea level on argilo-calcaerous soils. Fermented in stainless steel and resting for 6 months on the fine lees. This is a soft, luscious white wine with masses of tropical fruit flavour, rounded mouthfeel and a soft finish.