We produce a small amount of this wine, not even four thousand bottles, with the grapes we pick in the vineyards of Cascina Valmenera, which we call “our stairway to heaven”: the rows are laid out in an amphitheatre that seems to climb up into the sky. They enjoy southerly exposure and were planted by us. A light, lively and carefree wine, to be drunk young and served nice and cool in summer.
Municipal district: Vezza d’Alba
Grape variety: 100% Bonarda
Altitude (above sea level) 250 metres
Soil: sandy marl
Vine training system: Espalier-Guyot
Age of vineyard: 20 years
Harvest: the grapes are harvested by hand into 20-kg crates. Mid-September
Vinification: quick fermentation
Ageing: in steel for six months
Sensorial overview: bright red; fresh fruit bouquet with notes of raspberry and redcurrants, cherry and sour cherry; fresh, pleasantly lively and just very slightly sparking.
Serving temperature: 12-14 °C (cooler in summer)
Pairing: cured meats and fresh cheeses, light sauces, vegetables, bagna cauda, bourguignon
Our recommendation: Piedmontese boiled meats with sauces
When to drink it: lunch or “merenda sinoira” (the Italian equivalent of afternoon tea – without the tea) in the garden in summer