Liano White is produced on the Podere Laurento, an ancient property that had always belonged the Curia of Bologna. Umberto Cesari purchased it more than 30 years ago and built there an ageing cellar, the Bottaia Ca’ Laurento. Today, it is entirely planted to specialized and experimental vineyards, managed in collaboration with the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Bologna.
The Podere Laurento is planted to Chardonnay, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes grown on this venerable property, in addition to Liano Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, are Moma Rosso and Laurento.
Generous groundwater reserves built up in 2014 and mild weather that marked the 2015 spring encouraged an excellent start to vine growth. Vineyard management operations were carried out at precisely the appropriate times, and vine growth development was textbook perfect, laying the foundations for a great vintage.
The warm, sun-filled summer ensured good balance for the vines, with consequent positive impact on the crop. Cooler temperatures in the second half of August were a further factor promoting overall fruit quality, since significant day-night temperature differentials during this period have the effect of heightening aromatic complexity.
Since the growing season conditions were in harmony with optimal fruit development, we performed various analyses to determine the perfect start for starting the harvest, when the sugars reached their desired relationship level with still-vibrant acidities, so that the aromas were at their most intense.
Those are some of the reasons why Liano Bianco 2015 impresses with its luminous straw-yellow appearance and with the depth and breadth of its bouquet, in which floral and fruit notes meld appealingly with impressions of pungent, balsam. Crispness and complexity characterise the palate as well, with varietal fidelity marrying beautifully with characteristics deriving from fermentation and oak-ageing. Overall, this is a wine that is at once emphatic, seductive, and well-proportioned in all its components.
The 2014 growing season was marked by a mild, rainy winter, but spring ushered in higher than average temperatures, thus bringing bud-break significantly forward. Veraison and ripening were delayed, however, frequent rains in July and August. That also stimulated vigorous lead growth, which had to be controlled by suckering, hedging, and leaf-pulling, in order to give the clusters adequate aeration to protect against fungal attacks. Patient waiting for just the right ripeness levels finally resulted in harvesting sound, healthy clusters.
Liano White 2014 greets the eye with a lovely, luminous yellow with green highlights. The nose is crisp yet smooth as well, opening to floral impressions, then segueing to a more central complex of fruit and spice, thanks to Liano’s maturation in oak; it concludes with pungent hints of sage. The elegance and complexity encountered on the nose fully characterise the palate as well. Refined and well balanced, it develops a crisp acidity and earthy minerality that promise a long, fruitful evolution.
The first months of the year were among the rainiest and snowiest of the last 50 years. Spring was cold, and it too brought heavy rain, particularly in April and May. The second third of April marked the beginning of the vine growth cycle, and flowering took place in the second third of May. After a brief parenthesis of heat in the latter half of June, temperatures then plunged and the rains returned, slowing down physiological development. The last third of July and the first of August, though, brought temperatures up to around 40oC, and thus veraison speeded up. Nonetheless, harvesting started some 7-10 days later than in 2012. Vineyard management practices were of crucial importance in this season; a light leaf-pulling brought more ventilation to the clusters in the fruit zone, ensuring the berries perfect health.
Liano White 2013 appears a green-nuanced pale yellow. The nose is quite forceful and intriguing, with multi-layered fruit and floral essences gradually yielding to scents of vanilla from the wine’s maturation in oak. A well-balanced palate features tangy pulp and a tasty vein of minerality, both well supported by an entirely appropriate acidity that fuels a near-endless finish.
The 2012 growing season was marked by a severe lack of rainfall, which combined with dangerously-low groundwater reserves from the preceding season. Apart from a very heavy snowfall, the year saw little rain, but summer temperatures exceeded 35°C, and hot winds substantially increased transpiration in the vines. Emergency irrigation made up only in part for huge water transpiration losses, and it was challenging to determine the appropriate size of the canopy and to maintain it so that the clusters would receive adequate nourishment and would not become sunburnt. Harvest began quite early, since sugar levels had already reached optimal levels by late August. The berries were small, so overall juice totals were low as well, though the must certainly did not lack concentration.
Liano White 2012 is a pale yellow with gold highlights. Pungent balsam and tropical fruit predominate on an impressively-emphatic nose, and smooth oak tones from maturation contribute to its harmony and complexity. Roundedness and balance mark the palate, while succulent fruit and a vein of minerality provide significant energy and drive.
Winter and spring rains were relatively scarce, so that when a very hot summer arrived, the water supplies were in deficit. Localised irrigation and frequent vineyard operations were crucial for obtaining the required high-quality fruit. Careful attention to the canopies ensured protection of the clusters from sunburn, and in the end quality proved very high indeed. Since high temperatures did not drop until autumn, harvesting was carried out only in the least-hot hours, in order to preserve fruit quality to the fullest extent possible. The clusters were smaller than average, but acid and sugar levels were excellent.
Liano White 2011 appears pale yellow, with gold highlights that indicate good ripeness levels in the grapes. The nose is notably complex, with aromatic fruit and balsam that nicely balance nuances from maturation in oak. It exhibits superb structure and good balance among its components, with smooth notes of toasty oak adding to the overall complexity. A crisp acidity and judicious minerality ensure that this Liano White 2011 will enjoy significant cellarability.
The 2010 growing year was among the most challenging ever. A cold winter with abundant snowfall delayed bud-break almost until May, which however was favoured by good spring temperatures. Those conditions did not last, causing a thermal deficit from mid-May to late June, slowing vine growth. July saw a sudden rise in temperatures, so that, combining the initial slowdown with that due to the heat in July, the vines in August were a total of some 15 days behind normal. These conditions, however, were favourable to the early-ripening white grapes, which were harvested in fantastic weather at the beginning of September, when significant day-night temperature differentials encouraged development of aromatic compounds.
Liano White appears a pale yellow with greenish highlights. A subtle fruitiness infuses the nose with hints of vanilla that provide added elegance and complexity. In the mouth it exhibits surprising length, body, and minerality, and truly impressive are its finesse and elegance.
Prix du Public Desjardins
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Sakura - Japan Women's Wine Award
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Luca Maroni - Annuario 2017
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
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Internationale Weinprämierung 2016
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International Wine Challenge 2015
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Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
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Sélections Mondiales des Vins 2015
Prize: Gold medal