The 2017 vintage growing year will be remembered for its April frost damage and very hot and dry climate. This is why the conditions were perfect in terms of plant protection. In September, temperatures dropped appreciably with considerable differences between day and night temperatures. This situation helped especially the polyphenolic profile of the red wine grapes with a medium-long vegetative cycle. 2017 can certainly be remembered as one of the earliest years with healthy and complex grapes.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Area: Canale, Priocca, Alba
Alcohol: 13,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with pasta, soup, meats, seasonal dishes and medium-aged cheeses.
No oak Oak
Colour: Light ruby red with garnet hues.
Nose: Elegant, delightful, with small red fruits and floral aromas. Hints of spices and coffee.
Palate: Fine, elegant, medium- to full-bodied and very well-balanced with pleasant tannins and a delightful finish.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 5 - 7 years
Exposure: S, SW, SE
Vines age: 15 - 30 years
Soil: Clay - sand
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 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 12 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
TOVASACCO is estate bottled and very well known for its fruity elegance. Thanks to the careful handling during the whole process, the grape characters are perfectly included in the power of the wine.
TOVASACCO shows both Nebbiolo grape and Roero sandy soil origins.