90 points Wine Enthusiast
“White spring flower, hazelnut and honeydew melon aromas come together in the glass. On the savory palate, tangy acidity accompanies ripe pear, white peach and white almond.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Giovanni Dubini began bottling his own Orvieto in 1982, and forty years later, he still does everything he can to keep the dream of Orvieto alive. Year in and year out, he makes classic wines with only fruit from his own vineyards. No shortcuts in his vineyards, no tricks in the cellar, just pure Orvieto terroir, the historic and famous one, in every bottle. This is only possible because of terroir. The soil of Orvieto is complex: 3 million years ago, this land was under the sea, so there is a lot of sedimentary clay and limestone with very little organic matter. About 250,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions from Monte Vulsini (now Lake Bolsena) covered this area with volcanic rock, ash and pumice, but most of those layers have since eroded away, with an important exception. Rocca Ripesena is a vestigial outcropping of that volcanic tuff, which still protects Palazzone from extreme weather, while Giovanni’s slightly north-facing vineyards help to maintain freshness during scorching Umbrian summer.