Le Coste

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La_Coste.jpg I first saw the wines of Le Coste at the Vini Naturali a Roma tasting last year and had to push my way through the hordes of Italian sommeliers to get a taste. I am glad that I persevered because the wines were fantastic and really stood toe to toe with the great wines in the room. Gradoli is located in the north of Lazio overlooking Lago di Bolsena. The estate has 6.5 hectares of vineyards that range in age from 6 to 50 years old and sit at an altitude of 450 metres.

The soils are volcanic and are low in organic matter but high in minerals, perfect for growing the native Aleatico, Greghetto Rosso & Procanico varieties. The viticulture is organic with some biodynamic preparations used as well. The grapes are hand picked and sorted in the vineyard ensuring only the best grapes make it to the winery. Winemaking follows a very traditional path. There is no room for cultured yeasts, chemical additions or sulphur dioxide.

The wines are fermented in mix of large format Slavonian and French oak of which none is new. Long skin contact for the reds and the wines are not fined or filtered. We had to wait for 18 months for an allocation from Le Coste and we are really happy to have the wines in the portfolio. The wines have a great feel and are loaded with character and have a similar asthetic to the wines of La Stoppa & Hilberg Pasquero. They have vibrancy, freshness and great drinkability and are really hard to put down.

Region: Gradoli, Lazioe
Country: Italy