Fricando Amphora Albana- medium bodied, dry skin contact wine from Italy
100% Albana. This ancient, almost unknown thick-skinned grape is native to the Bologna region just north of Marzabotto.
Way back in wine's history, the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans used terracotta to make, store, and transport wine as well as olive oil - wooden barrels did not become common until the Middle Ages. Not many modern producers use amphora, but the Mongardi family likes the sheer simplicity and magic of stuffing a clay jar with whole clusters of Biodynamic Albana and letting them macerate and ferment with ambient yeasts. After a long fermentation and skin contact, the orange-colored wine is bottled un-fined, unfiltered, and without sulfur. Not overly funky or esoteric.
Flavor Profile: Fuller medium-bodied, dry. Slightly oxidized nose with herbs and dried flower followed by a velvety mouthful of lemon, stone fruit, and bitter orange. Minerals, high acidity, and delicate tannins on the finish. Pair with pancetta, gnocchi in cream, pastas with light mushroom sauces, roasted pork or poultry, and young cheeses.