Foradori, Fontanasanta, Manzoni Bianco 2018
This grape is named after Luigi Manzoni who crossed Riesling with Pinot Blanc in the 1920s to come with a varietal that would resist pests and disease. It is now planted throughout Italy but thrives in clayey-calcareous hilly, soil like that of the Fontanasanta vineyard. The expression here is high acid with the mineral character inherited by Riesling, coupled with the smoothness and the floral scent of Pinot Blanc.
Elisabetta Foradori is a pioneer in biodynamic farming and natural winemaking in Northern Italy. Despite being a hot commodity in the 90s, she decided to reset in the 00s to reconnect to the land - focusing on the environment and local varieties. The winery is now a family venture. Her son has been making the wines since 2013, and her daughters have been diversifying the agriculture and staff of the vineyard/farm.