Grape blend: Chardonnay, Malvasia
Aged: 10 months in Tonneaux and at least 8 years in the bottle
Alcohol content: 14% vol
Acidity: 4.33 g/l
Residual sugars: 1.24 g/l
Two sets of tasting notes – 8 years apart – by Marco Cervellera, compared:
Tasting in September 2013 – The 2012 vintage has a wonderfully fresh bouquet, the nose detects notes of apricot, peach, pineapple and passion fruit that combine with a nuance of fragrant wood and honey. In the mouth the wine is smooth and velvety, with an intensity that you would almost expect from a red; delicately bitter, the pronounced aftertaste recalls the notes of fruits “smelt” by the nose. The colour is golden yellow with shades of orange, due to the particularly rich extraction and the fact that it remains on its lees.
Tasting in October 2021 – It descends into the glass with the veiled weave of its colour that becomes dense topaz, a precious damask that absorbs the light and then renders luminous threads of orange and antique gold. The eyes are left with a sensation of composure and tenacity, of authority acquired over time. The nose is offered the fruity intensity of sweet plum jam, ripe banana, dates and caramelised figs, before veering decisively towards toasty notes of almond, chestnut honey, marzipan and turmeric. Hints of wooden cigar box, hay, vanilla and tea leaves in the finish. In the mouth it stretches out silkily, confidently announcing the solid structure and that sapid touch that still gives the wine vitality. Its elegant complexity expresses balance in a long, pleasant, subtly mineral aftertaste; the combination of softness and freshness develops into fullness… harmony.
Wine and Food Pairing – To be drunk with the “dignity” of a great red, as a meditation wine, with oven baked pasta prepared with “tossed” savoy cabbage and ricotta, squash soup with chestnuts and flakes of truffle, creamed pea soup, tagliatelle with game sauce and pomegranate.