Every now and then a wine comes out of nowhere and just sweeps us off our feet. Suffice it to say that Lunelli’s Terre Di Pietra is just such a wine. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Merlot (10%), and roughly equal parts of Lagrein and Teroldego, two indigenous grapes that are grown in the limestone rich, rocky soils of Italy’s Dolomite Alps, Terre Di Pietra (meaning stony soil) is not quite like any other wine we have ever tasted. Perhaps, we should not be so surprised? After all, Italy is full of wonderful surprises and remains an embarrassment of viticultural riches, but Lagrein and Teroldego are hardly on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but then again one should never drink a label, a price tag or only well-known varietals, unless homogenized predictability is the overriding goal. Amen! Lunelli may not be a household name in the United States or in Italy for that matter, but the Lunelli family’s champagne method Ferrari Brut and other first class sparking wines are renowned throughout Europe. Lunelli’s Ferrari line of sparkling wines is the finest in Italy, rivaling and even surpassing in quality many of the biggest and most popular brands of French Champagne. Conversely, Terre Di Pietra is Lunelli’s first commercial foray into the production of fine red wine, and what a first impression this wine has made. In just a few short years of production, it has garnered tremendous critical acclaim, simply by sampling and word of mouth. Lunelli has done no advertising or marketing to our knowledge on Terre Di Pietra, even eschewing cross marketing with their Ferrari wines. Instead, it seems they prefer that Terre Di Pietra stand on its own two feet, meaning consumers and critics, not marketing, will decide the fate of their newest venture. We like the courage and integrity of this approach as well as the quality and individuality of Terre Di Pietra. We trust you will feel the same.