2019 started slowly due to a long-lasting winter season. A rainy April and a fresh May produced a season in line with more traditional development. The high temperatures during June and July combined with the availability of water in the soil to create the conditions for rapid plant growth. August was mild with good rainfall. The harvest started regularly. The grapes were healthy with slightly higher acidity than the average and, for the red ones, a high accumulation of anthocyanins and an excellent polyphenol profile.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Area: Canale
Alcohol: 14,00 % by volume
Food: It pairs with pasta, soup, meats, seasonal dishes and medium-aged cheeses.
No oak Oak
Colour: Brilliant ruby red with violet and purple hues.
Nose: Intense, elegant and complex with floral notes of rose and violet. Fruity with scents of cherry and plum, typical fine spicy aromas.
Palate: Fine, velvety, fresh, medium to full body, smooth with intriguing tannins and long mineral finish.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 5 - 7 years
Exposure: S, SW, SE
Vines age: 10 - 12 years
Soil: Sandy - loamy
Yield: 6500 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. A part undergo to a whole berries fermentation and the other part is softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The fermentation is realised in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is medium acting using délestage and, partially, submerged cap technique for over 18 days.
OAK REFINING: The ageing of 12 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
PICOTENER, is the “forgotten Nebbiolo” nowadays almost impossible to find. In fact, this ancient sub-variety is characterized by low production yield and vegetative vigour. For this reason, it has been rarely planted.
Enrico Serafino proudly propose this PICOTENER rich in polyphenols with a surprisingly intense colour and a very spicy aroma.