December 2021 Newsletter – From the cellar

December 2021 Newsletter – From the cellar

14th September 2021: let’s get this harvest started!

The dolcetto grapes were the first to be harvested. The healthy and beautiful bunches had a higher sugar content than in previous years and this allowed us to produce a richer and pulpy expression of Dolcetto, but still characterized by great cleanliness of the fruit.

Three days later we started the harvest of nascetta, the indigenous white grape variety from the municipality of Novello.

After separating the skins from the must soon after crushing, the fermentation was carried out for 70% in steel tanks and for the remaining part in large Slavonian oak barrels, in order to fully enhance the aromas and flavors of the wine due to the synergistic effect of the two different materials.

The study concerning the autochthonous yeasts from the municipality of Novello, carried out together with the Associazione Produttori di Nas-cetta del Comune di Novello, has finally come to an end and the results have provided us with a useful tool to produce wines that are the reflection of our territory. To achieve this important goal we started to guide the fermentation of nascetta through the use of autochthonous yeasts which were selected directly in the area of Novello, avoiding the flattening and homologation of our wines and contributing to the expression of territorial identity.

From the first cellar tastings, we can say that the 2021 Nascetta shows great olfactory finesse and complexity of the sip. Hints of bitter orange, grapefruit and peach are woven together with refined notes of white flowers and aromatic herbs. On the palate, the typical savory taste stands out and is accompanied by a lovely freshness.

The barbera grapes were harvested on September 23rd, while the nebbiolo bunches for the production of our Langhe Nebbiolo Montegrilli were harvested during the last days of September.

The last bunches to be harvested were those of nebbiolo for Barolo, more precisely those from Ravera MGA, that is from the vineyards surrounding the winery.

As usual, the first plot to be harvested was Bricco Pernice, the historical part of Ravera which is characterized by a warmer microclimate than the vineyards located immediately below the Cascina Nuova. Instead, the last grapes to be harvested were those from the Vigna Elena vineyard.

The decision to wait for the rain which was expected for the first week of October, before starting the harvest of nebbiolo for Barolo, was fundamental to obtain an excellent phenolic and technological ripening of the grapes, favoring the production of wines characterized by intense colors, with good level of alcohol but never excessive, excellent acidity and solid tannins but always silky and refined.







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