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2012 Cisterna d'Asti Superiore

Tenuta La Pergola

2012 Cisterna d'Asti <i>Superiore</i> Tenuta La Pergola - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
In the heart of Piemonte, the Croatina grape enjoys its own small appellation in the hills around the town of Cisterna d’Asti. This picturesque region offers superb value in contrast with the high prices and prestige of the nearby Langhe. Removed from the spotlight, farmers such as Alessandra Bodda at Tenuta La Pergola can humbly go about their work of preserving the area’s viticultural traditions, making honest and approachable wines designed for the Piemontese table. Alessandra ages this Cisterna in large oak botti for one year, allowing its chewy tannins to soften without losing a lovely sense of rusticity. Dark-fruited and robust, it has a slightly bitter note that comes in handy at table: pair it with agnolotti and other fresh pastas with a thick ragù, or serve it alongside bollito (boiled meat) with a bright salsa verde.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Croatina
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Kermit Lynch Blends - Italy
Winemaker: Alessandra Bodda
Vineyard: 20 years, 2 ha
Soil: Clay, Sand
Aging: Aged 1 year in 25hL oak barrels before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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