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Tommasi Le Fornacitext
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Tommasi Le Fornaci 2020

Veneto, ItalyLe Fornaci is a Lugana white, a DOC on the southern tip of Lake Garda due east of Veron, made by the Tommasi family. Historically Lugana has been drunk by the many tourists that visit Lake Garda every year. The DOC straddles two Italian regions: Lombardy, with 90 percent of the vines to the west; and Veneto to the east, where 60 percent of the winemaking takes place. Le Fornaci, or the Furnace, takes its name from a local Roman brick kiln, and the show star is the turbiana grape. Originally thought to be a trebbiano variety (it was called Trebbiano di Lugana until 2008), DNA testing confirmed it is a relative of verdicchio, grown widely in the Marche. The grapes are night harvested by machine and shipped to the Tommasi winery in Pedemonte di Valpolicella. The fermentation is in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation and no wood as it ages for three months on its lees. Floral scents of white flowers mixes with citrus. It is more full-bodied than you might think on the palate, with green apple, lime, honeysuckle, and almond washed in salinity. Drink or hold, and always serve with seafood.Tasted: 19 September 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$32.99750mlselect private retailers
AB$26.99750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Tommasi ViticoltoriDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Univins and Spirits
Grape: TurbianaUPC: 8004645359105