Altura Toscano Bianco Ansonaco 1.5L


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Viticulture: Organic
Varieties: 100% Ansonaco

Altura Toscano Bianco Ansonaco 1.5L is a golden-colored skin contact white. Sea breeze, marine-influenced, and bright minerality. A demanding wine.

Song: Sea Breeze by Arthur Lyman

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About Altura Toscano Bianco Ansonaco 1.5L

Altura Toscano Bianco Ansonaco 1.5L is a golden-colored skin contact white that demands sophisticated food to pair. Sea breeze, marine-influenced, and bright minerality.

About Altura

The Altura project is an homage to the island of Giglio and how it transformed Francesco Carfagna’s life. For those unfamiliar with Giglio, it’s a small island 10 miles off the coast of Tuscany and only accessible by water ferry. The island is small, mostly mountainous, and 90% covered in vegetation. While it is densely populated in the summer, fewer than 600 people live there year-round. Francesco Carfagna is one of them.

Originally from Rome, Francesco would vacation to Giglio as a child. As a young man, he worked as a professor and moonlit as a street performer. In 1985, sick of the rat race of the city, he decided to quit and move to the island, the place he’d fallen in love with in his youth. While there, he fell in love all over again: once more with Giglio and then with a young woman vacationing there (his wife Gabriella).

In 1987, Francesco opened a restaurant called Arcobaleno in Castello, the island’s main town. There he served what he referred to as “Vini Vivi” (“Alive Wines”). He ran it full-time with Gabriella until 1999, when they found some abandoned vines and terraces and set out to refinish the dry walls and rehabilitate the old vines, and planting new ones on a high, granitic cliff directly above the Tyrrhenian Sea.

With a posse of friends and family, Francesco decided the time had come to bring back Ansonaco, the native grape that at one time covered this island. It’s a variety of golden colors with grapes of ovoidal shape. In Francesco and his daughter Irene’s hands, it makes rich white wines bursting with the sea’s umami.

All of this work was and is done by hand, as the vines are in no way mechanizable. You can only access them with a 4×4 vehicle, and even that is considered very risky. All 3.5 hectares are planted in albarello and guyot, mainly in Ansonaco, though Francesco also planted some massale selections of red from old vines on the island. After ten years of hard work restoring the terraces and experimenting in the cellar, the first Altura wine was released in 2009. Over the years, the Carfagnas were able to acquire two additional parcels, both much older at around 70 years old.

The vineyard work is without herbicides or insecticides and low treatments of sulfur and copper. The yields are about 40hl/ha. As the last stretch to the vineyard is not accessible by car, cases of grapes must be walked back uphill to the truck. Vinification starts in the ramshackle basement of the ancient grain mill the Carfagnas converted into an apartment. A small amount of sulfur is usually added to the grapes once they’ve been brought back to the cellar, though none will be added in some years. With the exception of the rosato, the wines see long macerations before being racked off the gross lees into stainless steel vats for fermentation and then barrels for aging. No filtration or fining, just racking.