Ottella Lugana DOC Riserva Molceo
Azienda Agricola Ottella
Italy - Veneto - Lugana DOC

The wine is produced in the area of San Benedetto di Lugana in estate vineyards that are suitable thanks to the high content of white clay.

The name - From the verb mólcere - Transitive verb [from Latin mulcere ] poet: To flatter, to give gratifying and secret pleasure to the soul or heart; to soothe, alleviate anxieties or worries.  Molceo is a wine whose pleasantness gently caresses the senses.

The color is clear and intense with golden highlights. The nose immediately opens with fruity notes that are enchanting, penetrating and complex. Typical elegant notes of citrus fruits and flowers with a fine mineral character. The palate is complex and intense offering mineral flavors. It is captivating, long and lively, both in the persistence and in the strength of the flavors, mingling with unmissable citrus sensation. A delicate evolution, fine flesh, perfect longevity.
Since 2009 it has won every year the TRE BICCHIERI GAMBERO ROSSO award.

Lugana DOC
Wine Type
100% Trebbiano di Lugana (same as Verdicchio)
Age of vines
25-30 years old
Agricultural Practices
Soil type
White clay
The harvest and selection of the grapes are done strictly by hand.
Double bow Guyot pruning - Yield around 8,000 kg. of grapes per hectare, equivalent to 5,040 liters of wine or 63%.
Harvest - late October.
Delicate, soft pressing of the whole bunch for most of the production, the rest with gentle destemming by oscillation. Thereafter, a strict protocol of vinification: partial malolactic fermentation, fining for 16 months on yeast and fine lees - 80% in stainless steel vats, 20% oak barrels.
1,000 (9-liter cases)

Stimulating with marine or freshwater fish, it also goes well with savory or fatty meat (goose or pork). Enjoyable with seasoned, herbal cheeses of various types and elaborate dishes.

Reviews and News

2019 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - Trebiccheri 2022

2019 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - Trebiccheri 2022

tre bicchieri gambero rosso 2022"Lugana Molceo is the usual thoroughbred white, marked by exotic fruit and notes of fresh flowers and citrus. The palate strikes immediately for its sapidity, which supports the generous, juicy mouth and exhilarating progression.”




2018 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2018 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - 90 PTS - VINOUS

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"There’s a wild peppery and herbal freshness to the 2018 Lugana Riserva Molceo that keeps you coming back to the glass. A pretty bouquet of fresh peach, nectarine, kiwi and hints of vanilla bean develops over time. This is weighty and oily at first, yet it’s lifted by cooling acids and minerals, as white orchard fruits and hints of savory spice flesh out across the palate. A salty tension lingers on, along with notes of dried apricot and a twang of tart citrus. - Eric Guido"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2021), 90 pts 

2016 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

2016 Ottella Lugana Riserva Molceo - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

"Intensely fragrant, this wine boasts aromas of citrus, perfumed white flower and yellow stone fruit. The elegantly structured, precise palate delivers juicy grapefruit, ripe apricot and energizing minerals while bright acidity lends balance. A bitter almond note graces the finish. Drink through 2024. - KERIN O’KEEFE"
- Wine Enthusiast (August 2019), 92 pts - EDITORS' CHOICE

Producer Information: Azienda Agricola Ottella

Azienda Agricola Ottella was founded in 1880 by the Montresor family; a grape growing family for many generations. The winery is located at the Southern end of Lake Garda, near ...
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