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: Barbaresco, Neive, Alba
Alcohol: 14,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with hunting game, roasts, mature cheeses and truffle dishes.
No oak Oak
Colour: Deep ruby red with garnet hues.
Nose: Wide, intense and pleasant bouquet with scent of liquorice and tobacco, spices, leather and faded roses.
Palate: Fine, velvety, medium to full bodied and very well balanced with silky tannins and elegant finish.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 10 - 15 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 20 - 25 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 at controlled temperature. The maceration is long acting using délestage and, partially, submerged cap technique for over 20 days.
OAK REFINING: The ageing of 20 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
SANAVENTO is appreciated for its harmony and elegance due to silky tannins and soft acidity. Thanks to the careful handling during the fermentation process, the grape characters are perfectly included in the power of the wine. SANAVENTO results in a compelling, rich and outstanding Barbaresco.