We've been working with Fabio for a few years now. It's been a fun ride with lots of good wines.
Every time we get a new shipment, however, I have to scratch my head, search my notes and emails to remind myself how to crack the "Gea Code". I love crosswords, and acrostics and especially diagramless puzzles (which are sadly a rare sighting in the NY Times these days.) So why I cannot remember the meaning behind these glyphs always stumps me, perhaps age, perhaps too many things in the brain, STML, who knows. I decided that writing this down somewhere would not only be very helpful for myself but also for all of our customers and fans of Fabio's wines.....so here goes!
Let's start here....the Mushroom Panda label:
The code is Lm07140008
1st Position L = lot
2nd Position m = moderno = machine destemmer
other possibilities: M = Manuale = hand harvesting,
or t = tradizonale = foot trod, often manually destemmed
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Position 0714 = month and year of bottling
7th, 8th Position 00 = months of barrel aging
9th, 10th Position 08 = total sulfur at bottling in mg/L
Optionally, 11th Position g = mainly sandstone (grès) anfora aging
or p = mainly porcelain (porcellana) anfora aging
or v = mainly demijohn (vetro) aging
For another example, if you look at this Back Grin label
The wine is de-stemmed grapes, was bottled in August 2016, there is no wood aging, it has 9 gm/L of Total Sulfur and it was mainly made in sandstone anfora (like the one behind Fabio in the above picture.)
I hope this helps makes the illusive wines of Fabio a bit more clearer for everyone.