Keep it natural, baby.
Assembly of white grapes typical of his area. Harvest in mid-September all together, one night of maceration with the skins, then directly to the press. Aging in stainless steel for 6 months, then directly in the bottle. In search of elegance hidden in the details, nature tells how much flavor and how much intensity there can be when you leave it free to tell. A wine dedicated to his land, to its June smells and to a word that in Serbo-Croatian means “nothing” and that every woman in the world uses when she wants to mean “everything”.
“il Signor Kurtz”, a reference to the antagonist in Joseph Conrad’s literary classic Heart of Darkness, is the wine-vision and quasi-alter-ego of one of Italy’s most thoughtful, capable and exciting next-generation winemakers - Marco Durante. Marco has a small vineyard at his home in the small village of Vallupina, on a hill near lake Trasimeno in Umbria. After spending much of his adult life, as Marco puts it, as “a wine enthusiast, as a taster, even a scribbler and sometimes a divulger”, he shed the shackles of his day job and knocked on the door of Danilo Marcucci at Conestabile della Staffa and pleaded with Danilo to take him under his wing. He was Danilo’s right-hand man for a number of years.”il Signor Kurtz” is Marco’s introduction to the world as a headliner in his own right, though performed with Marco’s trademark humbleness toward the power of nature, the voice of the grapes, and spontaneous decision making based on the conditions of fermentation (and his own emotions at the time). Marco has a distaste for the predictable and the banal. He wants to let the wines sing with their own energy. He embraces tradition, yet leaves himself unchained by it to propel his winemaking into the future.
His winemaking is totally natural - spontaneous fermentations, aging in neutral vessels, no sulfur additions and no filtering or fining.
Katie and Denny
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop, focused on small production, organic and biodynamic, natural wines. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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210 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
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