Soil type: Prevalent marls and sandstones belonging to the Flyschoid Formation of Eocene age that give rise to a rocky substrate that transforming forms the “ponca” characteristic of our predominantly hilly geographical area.
Made from grapes: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.40 ÷ 5.60 ‰
Expected wine life: on average 7-8 years, in the best vintages over 10.
Tasting test: Vintage Tunina from Sauvignon, Chardonnay grapes with additions of Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia and small percentage of native sweet wine.
It should be noted that this is a true blend. It has a bright straw color with golden hues. The aroma is intense, broad, elegant and persistent, with hints of honey and wild flowers. It has a dry, soft, very harmonious flavor with exceptional persistence due to the particularly full body.
It goes well with truffled first courses, with a wide variety of fish dishes, especially baked and sautéed, but goes so far as to be able to marry white meats as well. Splendid memories of his encounter with a fresh salmon pad stuffed with Parmesan cheese and artichokes. (Daniele Cernilli)
Notes: The first trials of the blend date back to the 1973 vintage, and the first vintage offered for sale under that name and label was the 1975 vintage.
In this particular blend a selection is made of the best grapes, which are harvested late, about two weeks after the normal harvest on an area of about 16 ha of vineyard planted on Ronco del Fortino. The training forms used are guyot-cappuccina, with 6000-7000 vines per hectare and a yield of 40 to 60 quintals.
The name Tunina refers to the former owner of the land on which the original vineyard is located and is dedicated to Casanova’s poorest lover, who was a housekeeper in Venice who incidentally was also named Tunina (Antonia).
Already in 1976 considered by Luigi Veronelli “The Mennea of Italian wines,” then wine of the year 1997 vintage for Gambero Rosso and wine Oscar 1998 vintage for the Italian Sommelier Association.
We conclude by quoting a quote from Cesare Pillon’s article that appeared in Civiltà del bere of October 2000 “….ma the Vintage Tunina exceptional is exceptional in many other ways. No one has realized this until now, yet it is the most extraordinary meditation wine in existence. And it is not so in a passive sense (wine to drink while meditating), but in an active sense: it is a wine that makes one meditate…..”