This vineyard has been known to produce great Pinot Nero in Alto Adige since the mid-nineteenth century. Ferruccio’s daughter Michela and Peter Dipoli, a wine grower in nearby Egna, combined forces recently to write a book about this famous Italian terroir. Mazzön is a western-facing limestone shelf suspended above the valley near the town of Ora, where the Carlotto winery is located. From this striking site, Michela crafts an incredibly nuanced, delicate, ethereal Pinot Nero, which she ages in a combination of large and small oak casks. It offers the type of excitement with this grape that I can only recall experiencing in Burgundy. The aforementioned book reveals the history behind the painstaking search for Italy’s best site for Pinot Nero that ended here, clinging to these Dolomite cliffs south of the Austrian border: Pinot Nero plucked from the heavens. This wine needs time to develop in bottle, and Michela kindly agreed to hold back her 2013 and release it one year later than usual for our inaugural shipment to the US market.
|Appellation:||Vigneti delle Dolomiti|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 2000, 2010, 2012, 2014, & 2015; 3 ha|
|Soil:||Sand, clay, chalk, limestone|
|Aging:||20% of wine aged in 22h: barrels and 80% aged in 225L barrels for 12 months|
Feruccio Carlotto and his daughter Michela farm a tiny estate of several hectares in the Alto-Adige town of Ora, south of Bolzano. The special of this village is Lagrein, a red grape that is native to the region. They chose to produce only one Lagrein Riserva that is aged in large oak casks. They also make a small amount of Pinot Nero that is made in a very fine, elegant style, with a feathery touch. We were pleasantly surprised when we were able to talk the Carlottos into selling us a pallet for the United States. Unfortunately there are not much of these finely crafted beauties to go around but if you can get your hands on a few cases, you will be experiencing some of the best of what Alto Adige has to offer the wine world.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117