Sometimes, we like a bit of a mystery. In this case, La Meridiana means "sundial," yet the winery gives no explanation of why that name was chosen and what it has to do with the wine. Perhaps it has to do with the careful planting of varietals across their land, minding the effect of the sunlight as it passes over the hillsides. Maybe we'll never know.
Our selection's varietal was once a kind of mystery, too. The wine is called Trebbiano di Lugana, but the grape is actually Turbiana, also known as Verdicchio. Italians love tradition and naming grapes with their place of origin, and for centuries this grape was called Trebbiano di Lugana. But it's basically the same grape as what the majority of the world knows as Verdicchio.
When DNA analysis was discovered, a lot of grapes had to change their names because they really weren't the grape they were being called. Trebbiano di Lugana was one of them, but we don't think that's a bad thing. Actually, we are much fonder of Verdicchio than of Trebbiano anyway.
La Meridiana's 23-acre estate is now run by two cousins, Fabio and Roberto Leali. Their fathers made wine here for over 50 years, and the cousins carry on the fine tradition - even improving the vineyard's organic credentials and sustainability.
No matter what you call it, this wine is gorgeous. The soft pressing of the grapes retains the delicate fruit flavors without allowing the skin and seeds to impact the wine. The result is lovely flecks of flavor interspersed with soil and a lip-smacking finish. All in all, a symphony on your palate. Play on!