Grape blend: 100% Pinot Nero
Aged: 48 months in barriques
Alcohol content: 14% vol
Acidity: 6 g/l
Residual sugars: 0.12 g/l
La Vialla’s Pinot Nero is different from the classic Pinots of the north… the grapes grow on the hillsides of Casalduro farmstead, in the Casa Rossa vineyard; stony, dark soil, rich in minerals and micronutrients (in particular manganese and iron), a terroir that gives excellent sapidity in the glass and knows how to distinguish itself. Here at the Fattoria, the climate and particular exposure of this vineyard allow the grapes to ripen full of aroma, polyphenols and colour, giving rise to a full-bodied wine with “warmer” notes – heightened by the fact that it’s not filtered – compared to Pinots from further north. The grapes from the 2 different parts of the vineyard fermented at 26 °C, separately, in 2 small tanks, where they spent roughly 25 days (one week apart) macerating on the skins. After blending, malolactic fermentation took place in French oak Barriques of French oak, already used once or twice, so as not to cover the aromas of fruit with too much vanilla and tannins from the wood. The Pinot, bottled without undergoing any filtration, has the elegance and finesse of its grapes, but is more intense, spicier… more genuine!
Tasting – Colour: strong garnet red alternates, depending on the light, with ruby highlights (it’s unfiltered but the heavier particles have by now settled in the bottom of the bottle). It will tend to darken as the years go by. Numerous “legs” slide down the side of the glass. The nose: sweet fruity aromas of blueberry, Marasca cherry and black currant take you to the cool woods below the vineyard. Followed straight away by spicier notes, black pepper and tea leaves, concluding with aromas of wood that are clearly present but harmonious. In the mouth: the tannins, present in considerable amounts (more than in a conventional Pinot) but harmoniously combined with the body, are silky and terminate in the long aftertaste.
Wine and Food Pairing – It’s an important wine, that therefore likes to “meditate” alone... or with dishes worthy of it: pappardelle with mixed mushroom sauce, beef “tagliata” with truffle, pan-cooked rabbit and potatoes, as well as mature cheeses (a Pecorino Gran Riserva for example).
NB: we recommend that you open the bottle at least an hour in advance, to let the wine breathe, so that its bouquet can open up completely.