“VA” stands for “Vigne Alte,” and is comprised of Frank’s oldest vines in the high-altitude crus of Barbabecchi, Guardiola, and Tartaraci. The average vine is quite old at 80+ years and, quite impressively, is grown on native rootstock. We can’t blame the Phylloxera bugs for not wanting to climb the 900+ meters some of these vines reside on. I always find the VA bottling to have the most acid, and a wonderfully lifted floral quality to the wine. In this vintage the wines have gained in depth and concentration, but if you’re after one with a lighter touch, this is it. JR
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