2019 Barberani Orvieto Superiore Castagnolo

16 Points Jancis Robinson MW
In stock
A new and superb white from "the top" producer in Umbria's most famous sub-regional style, Orvieto. Barberani sourced his wine among their best vineyards in the "Classico" zone near Orvieto town, which lie on organically managed slopes of limestone and clay that overlook lake Cordera. Composed of Grechetto and Trebbiano fruit that was fermented by its own natural yeast — under the control of the finest modern technology — this generous and yet precise blend offers a charming aperitif or seafood match. A delicious new Italian, and great value at this price!
$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle


Mainly Grechetto and Trebbiano Procanico

Its Origins

Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The close proximity of the lake below helps regulate the microclimate here by preventing extreme variations in temperature. Advised by consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, the estate, which uses no chemical herbicides or pesticides in its vineyards, is renowned for its clean, pure-tasting wines. By law, Orvieto is made from a combination of five grape varieties, of which the finest is grechetto, a Barberani speciality. Around 20,000 bottles of it are produced in every vintage under the designation of Grechetto Umbria IGT. Barberani also produce a fragrant dessert wine called Calcaia, from trebbiano di Toscana and grechetto grapes concentrated by noble rot (muffa nobile). It is similar to Sauternes in style but with a characteristic lightness of touch. More recently high class barrel-aged reds have been introduced, using sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. These can rival Tuscany’s best in quality, but not in price.

Organic and vegan

What The Critics Say

16/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller

"Grechetto, Trebbiano Procanico, Chardonnay and Riesling. Organic and vegan. Straw yellow. Ripe white fruit and quince and with a honeyed note, perhaps because of botrytis. Viscous yellow fruit and lemon on the palate. You will finish the bottle in no time. Barberani are the top of Orvieto but should take the lead in making completely dry Orvieto, because the residual sugar, as little as there is in this wine, just isn’t needed. Go on Barberani, coraggio! (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2024

90/100 Vinous, Eric Guido (2018 vintage)

"The 2018 Orvieto Classico Castagnolo, a blend of 70% Grechetto and 30% Trebbiano Procanico, is Barberani’s entry-level Orvieto, yet there’s nothing “entry-level” about this wine. Here I’m finding crushed yellow apple, offset by dusty florals, hints of olive and sage. Soft textures soothe the senses, while zesty acids and minerals add tension, and ripe orchard fruits and sweet spices resonate throughout. The finish is fresh, clean and mouthwatering, with a note of lime-infused Granny Smith apple slowly tapering off."

Region Umbria
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2020 - 2024

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