La Stoppa Bianco, "Ageno", 2011

La Stoppa Bianco, "Ageno", 2011

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La Stoppa is an historic estate with its vineyards stretching down the slopes of Val Trebbiola, not far from the river Trebbia, in the province of Piacenza (Emilia). The property consists of an ancient medieval tower and 58 acres of land; 28 of which are woods with oak, chestnut, and locust trees and 30 acres under vine. One hundred years ago, the previous owner, a lawyer by the name of Giancarlo Ageno, planted French varieties and produced wines in the style of Bordeaux and Burgundy. In 1973 La Stoppa was bought by the Pantaleoni family, who quickly updated the facilities and renewed the cellar. Today the winery is led by Elena Pantaleoni, a dedicated, intelligent and passionate woman who, together with the enologist Giulio Armani, have dedicated the property to organic farming and traditional winemaking methods. The Ageno from La Stoppa is one of Italy's benchmark orange wines. In 2002 Elena Pantaleoni decided to produce a special wine, named after the founder of the estate, Mr Ageno. She soon discovered that the local Malvasia di Candia and Urtrugo grapes were especially suited for orange wine making and yielded wines of great complexity and elegance. This wine is a blend of Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Ortrugo and some Trebbiano, macerated on the skins for 30 days using only indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged for one year in 50/50 stainless steel tanks and used French oak, and two years in bottle before release.

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