2016 was certainly one of the longest-lasting vegetative cycle in recent years. February and March were marked by low temperatures and a plenty of rain that led to a delay in the phenological phases of about 10 days made up for during the months of August and moreover in September. Full ripening was achieved in all cases and wines show excellent balance, big bouquets and great structure. The good quantity allows 2016 to be remembered as an outstanding vintage.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Area: Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte
Alcohol: 14,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with hunting game, roasts, mature cheeses. Also appreciated as an after-dinner drink.
Colour: Deep ruby red with garnet hues.
Nose: Intense and pleasant wide bouquet with scent of currant, liquorice, tobacco, spices, coffee and leather.
Palate: Multifaceted, harmonic and smooth with hint of blackberry, full-bodied with chewy tannins and pleasant finish.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 10 - 15 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 20 - 35 years
Soil: Clay - limestone
Yield: 8000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrant table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur. After destemming, berries are hand-sorted on a second vibrant table and finally softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The must is cooled to preserve its best characters before fermentation in stainless steel vats and conic oak vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is long acting using délestage and, partially, submerged cap technique for over 28 days.
OAK FEFINING: The ageing of 22 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
MONCLIVIO is estate bottled and very well known for its powerful elegance. Thanks to the careful handling from the harvest to the oak refining, the grape characters are perfectly included in the wine.
MONCLIVIO is the result of the harmonious combination between soil, Nebbiolo grape and Enrico Serafino tradition since 1878.