Vercesi del Castellazzo Luogo dei Monti 2012 Lombardy, Italy
Ruby colour. Beautiful aromas of forest floor, spices and vanilla. Almost sweet notes on the palate but balanced by a great tannic structure allowing for years of ageing in your cellar. A nice alternative to Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
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About the winemaker
The Azienda Agricola Vercesi del Castellazzo is located on the slopes of the Oltrepò Pavese hills, in the village of Montù Beccaria in the Italian province of Pavia, Lombardy. The 20 hectares of vines have a south-southeast and south-southwest exposure. The Vercesi family has been growing grapes there since 1808. Nowadays they produce 13 different wines – nine reds and four whites – made with Croatina, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Vespolina, Merlot, Uva Rara and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1995, the winery complies with the European legislation on the reduction of environmental impact. Their agricultural practices are designed to preserve nature. The vineyards are completely grassed, no herbicides are used, vine cuttings are shred not to deprive the soil of nutrients, copper and sulphur are the only fungicides employed. They do not use sulphur dioxide during vinification – only small amounts during the bottling process – and they rely on wild yeasts only.
|Viticulture and Winemaking|
After devatting, malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels, It is then racked and bottled without filtration, Released on the market at least 12 months after bottling, Suitable for vegetarians, The hand-harvested grapes go through cold maceration in order to give more complexity to the wine, The wine is then racked into oak barrels where it rests for 11 months after which it is assembled