Pinot Nero dell’Oltrepò Pavese DOC
foothills of Casteggio, in a single vineyard adjacent to the estate.
lime/clay. Basic pH.
Orientation of the vineyard:
Altitude of the vineyard:
160 m AMSL
Average age of the vines:
5,000 vines per hectare
less than 1 kg per vine
the grapes come from the central part of the historical Vigna del Pino. We did a light trimming of the clusters in mid-July. Another selection of the clusters took place just before the harvest. The grapes were hand-harvested in 15 kg boxes, carefully selecting the best ones.
destemming and gentle crushing of the grapes. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts in an upright untoasted French oak vat. 10-day maceration. During maceration, the wine is punched down or pumped over several times, depending on the kinetics of the fermentation. A natural malolactic fermentation takes place in the autumn following the harvest in small oak barrels.
12 months in 25 hl barrels, 6 months in stainless-steel vats and additional 12 months in bottle before release.
ruby red colour with garnet highlights.
intense, with notes of spices, ripe fruits of the forest, peculiar balsamic overtones (pine and sage) and a closing note of Seville orange.
fruity, fresh, fragrant and well-balanced, perfectly true of the grape variety. Very elegant and balsamic, with an acidity which makes it very promising for ageing.
over 20 years
Date of harvest:
September 6th 2018
Date of bottling:
January 26th 2021
3,112 bottles (0,75 l).
Also available in magnum format (56 bottles) and Jeroboam format (20 bottles).
Notes about the 2018 vintage:
the 2018 vintage was a cooler vintage than the 2017, with a medium-cold winter and regular spring and summer. The overall good weather conditions and the remarkable temperature variations between day and night caused an early veraison. The ripening of the grapes, while constant, has been slow, allowing a better phenolic ripeness. The harvest was abundant and showed a perfect ripeness of the grapes; it took place a few days later than the 2017 harvest.
– alcohol: 14.25% vol
– acidity: 5.3 g/l
– residual sugar: < 0,5 g/l
– sulphites: 86 mg/l
– dry extract: 26.8 g/l
The Essential Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli 2024: 95/100 (vintage 2019)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2024: Golden Rose award (vintage 2019)
The Essential Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli 2023: 94/100 (vintage 2018)
James Suckling (jamessuckling.com): 90/100 (vintage 2017)
The Essential Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli 2022: 94/100 (vintage 2017)
Vitae AIS 2021: Four Vines award (vintage 2016)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2021: Golden Rose award (vintage 2016)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2021: Four Camunian Roses award (vintage 2016)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2019: Four Camunian Roses award (vintage 2015)
Gambero Rosso 2018: Two Red Glasses award (vintage 2014)
Slow Wine 2018: Vino Slow award (vintage 2014)
L’Espresso 2018: 100 wines to be tasted again after years (vintage 2010)
Vitae AIS 2018: Four Vines award (vintage 2014)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2018: Golden Rose award (vintage 2014)
Viniplus AIS Lombardia 2018: Four Camunian Roses award (vintage 2014)