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Milziade Antano Bianco di Milziade 2011

T. Edward Wines, New York wine importer/distributor, Milziade Antano Bianco di Milziade

Living as a sharecropper until 1969, when he purchased 40ha of land in Umbria, Cav. Antano Milziade planted vines and produced his first wines in 1975.  Following the passionate steps of his father, Francesco, the family’s youngest son, released his first wine in 1997, employing his father’s farming and vinification techniques, which are traditional to the region.  With 12 of the family’s 40ha planted to vines, the Larks Hill Farm at Milziade Antano is situated atop a hill just 1km from Montefalco.  And while Antano is traditionally a producer of Sagrantino, he produces 5,000 bottles annually of this Bianco di Milziade, which is made from a field blend of Trebbiano, Grechetto, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Tocai.

Planted to 1ha of soils of clay that are rich with fossil remains, the 35-year-old vines see an aggressive green harvest that results in low yields.  Striving to make wines that are stylistically unique to the region, Francesco practices non-interventionist techniques in his gargage-like cellar, employing no barrique, no high-tech equipment and no commercial yeast.  “Antano represents the small-scale artisan side of Montefalco,” wrote Antonio Galloni.  “Working out of a small, cramped winery that could easily be mistaken for a cellar in Burgundy or Piemente, Francesco Antano crafts wines imbued with personality.”

With chalky minerality on the nose, the Bianco di Milziade 2011 is fresh and rich with notes of lemon oil and apricot flowers, mid-palate salinity and fennel on the back end that lingers with bright acidity.

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