Barolo D.O.C.G. Riserva Pernanno
Commune of origin: Castiglione Falletto.
Grape variety: Nebbiolo: 70% Michet, 20% Rosè e 10% Lampia.
First year of production: 1993 on as Barolo Pernanno, 1998 on as Riserva.
Annual production: 3.500 bottles.
Vineyard area: 1 hectare.
Aspect and altitude: 350 metres, facing south-southwest.
Soil profile: Predominantly sandy and rock, with veins of limestone.
Training method and vine density: Vertical Guyot, at 4.000 vines per hectare.
Average age of producing vineyards: 75 years old, planted in 1946.
Yield per hectare: 45 quintals.
Fermentation and maturation: Controlled fermentation and maceration in steel with hair submerged for about 50 days, with pumping air and automatic. Malolactic fermentation in steel and matures for at least 36 months in 25 hl oak botti. Bottling without filtration.
Sensory description: a luminous, lively ruby in appearance. A vibrant, richly-layered nose that is remarkably appealing, clean-edged and crisp, with a notably mineral character. Leather, black liquorice, and dried leaves, compose a rich medley of aromas, enlivened by black pepper, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, mixed spice, and star anise. The palate exhibits abundant succulent fruit, smooth and well rounded, contributing to a dense, velvety mouthfeel; a firm, sturdy structure is bolstered by tannins that are lively and emphatic but never aggressive, and the development is steady and dynamic. Here is a Barolo outstanding for its crispness and slaty elegance, its marked savouriness and long-lingering finale, and its sinewy, distinctive character, qualities that characterise the wines of Castiglione Falletto.
Serving suggestions: Pot roasts with Barolo, red meat and game, stuffed guinea fowl, seasoned cheeses.