2018 Zyme Black to White
This unique wine is centered on the mutation of Rondinello from a red to white grape. Rondinello is one of the three grape varieties traditionally rack dried to produce Amarone in the Valpolicella. The blend is just as unusual as the mutation; 60% Rondinello White, 15% Kerner, 13% Gold Traminer, 10% Cross Manzoni. All stainless steel tank cold fermentation and lees aging. Very fresh and vibrant, with a slight underlying floral, herb, mint, alpine aroma and nuanced flavors of apple and nectarine. Great acidity. Wonderful to drink now, but would want to stash a few bottles away to see what the hell happens.
While inspecting some vineyards in 1999, Gaspari found an old Rondinella vine with a cane bearing some strange whitish clusters of grapes. He began experimenting to see if he could obtain Rondinella grapes that were completely white. After a few years, he was successful, and he now has a vineyard block with sound genetic material. It differs from the “black” Rondinella in that the leaves are a lighter color; it grows with medium vigor but it bears grapes that resemble the coppery tone typical of the Pinot Grigio grape.
Vinous 90 points - Vivid straw color. An aromatic nose hints at Manzoni Bianco, with nuances of white pepper and ginger complementing pomaceous orchard fruit aromas. Then dense and suave with flavors of fennel, pear and apple, plus repeating notes of ginger on the long slightly warm finish (the label reports 13% alcohol). A complicated blend of 60% Rondinella Bianca (a mutation of the red Rondinella grape), 15% Gold Traminer, 15% Kerner and 10% Incrocio Manzoni that spent 6 months on the lees.
In ancient Greek, the word zyme means “yeast,” a term of fundamental importance in oenology. Zyme’s logo is a pentagon within a vine leaf, symbolizing the five primary elements of wine making - man, vine, earth, sun, water. Zyme was officially founded by Celestino Gaspari in 2003, but has been active since 1999 as his oenological consulting firm. Zyme winery is located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area with a unique cellar in an ancient sandstone quarry within the town of San Pietro in Cariano. Celestino Gaspari’s personal adventure began when he was very young, in Val d’Illasi, as he worked on the family property alongside his parents and studied agronomy. When Celestino was 20, he met his future father-in-law, Giuseppe Quintarelli. He worked for 11 years at the Quintarelli winery during which time he married his wife Maria Rosa Quintarelli. Celestino has consulted for many of the regions finest wineries and is known as an extremely talented local vigneron with technical expertise, an avant garde philosophy and healthy curiosity, making his wines not only unique but the top in their region. All of his experience in vitiviniculture has led to his winery - Zyme. Celestino is fuelled by passion for discovery and perfection, based on the new and the traditional, like a book waiting to be read. He transmits this passion to the forward thinking people around him - especially those who work on his team and grow in synergy with the vines they tend.
60% Rondinello White, 15% Kerner, 13% Gold Traminer, 10% Cross Manzoni
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