Albarossa

denominazione di origine controllata

A cross between the Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes, this grape variety was established in order to blend the best characteristics of the two varieties above.
A vigorous vine in the vineyard, it is opportunely pruned to give life to wines of modern character, with all the strength and the warmth of Piedmontese reds.
 

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Albarossa

Features

  • Grapes: Albarossa 100%
  • Origin: Olivola, company-owned grapes
  • Terrain Type: Marly, calcareous
  • Altitude: 200 – 260 m above sea level
  • Cultivation method: Guyot
  • Vineyard density: 4.500 vines per hectare
  • Grape yield: circa 72 tons per hectare

Vinification

After the harvesting of the grape by hand, the berries are crushed and destemmed. The pomaces are left to macerate in contact with the musts at temperatures between 25°C and 28°C for a week in large steel vats. Frequent pumping over allows for optimal extraction of the colour and a good body. Malolactic fermentation is carried out, then the wine is placed in barrique barrels for 6 months, and after that in barrels of 30 hectolitres for a further 12 months. A bottle aging process of at least 4 months follows.
 

The wine

A deep, almost impenetrable, ruby red. Warm and embracing to the nose with intense aromas of blueberry and other red berries, mixed with aromas of toasted coffee and of leather. To the palate it is rounded and full-bodied, a great concentration of fruitiness bolstered by a tannic profile which yields an outstanding yet very pleasant wine.