The vintage is one of the hottest and driest ever: During the winter there was an extraordinary shortage of rainfall, and the climate was mild followed by a period marked by good weather, with no significant rain for over 180 days. In July the vines adjusted on their own to the low availability of water, showing smaller clusters. Picking began as early as the end of August with the grapes used for making sparkling wines, and continued immediately afterwards with the white wine varieties. The harvest of Nebbiolo grapes began around mid-September. The quality was noticeably excellent with heathy grapes although a lower yield-per-hectare.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Arneis
Growing Area: Canale
Alcohol: 12,50% by volume
Food: It pairs with rice or pasta in light sauces, fish or white meats. Also excellent as an aperitif.
Colour: Pale-yellow with golden hues.
Nose: Appealing, fragrant with special scents of apple, pear, camomile, tropical fruit and fresh mineral character. Interesting and typical Arneis grape aromas.
Palate: Fresh, dry, delicate, harmonic and pleasantly fruity, smooth with a medium body and mineral pleasant aftertaste. Perfect affinity Nose-Palate.
Serving: 8 - 10 °C
Cellaring: 2 - 3 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 10 - 25 years
Soil: Sandy - loamy
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur and softly pressed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: A part of the must is chilled and kept in an inert environment (nitrogen). This step lasts for 12 to 15 hours at 8-10°C (cryomaceration). Then the fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature.
BOTTLE REFINEMENT: POGGIO DI CARO is refined only in bottle for about 3 months before realising.
POGGIO DI CARO is a faithful representation of the sandy soil of the Roero area. Crispy, fruity, and very enjoyable, it represents the younger side of the UNESCO area site of south Piemonte.
POGGIO DI CARO is a white wine with a gentle fascinating character.