October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Lagrein is not an easy grape to vinify: naturally high in acidity and densely packed with grippy tannins, it has a tendency to exhibit a rustic personality that can leave the palate in tatters. Michela Carlotto realized years ago that winemaking adjustments would be crucial to bringing out a more elegant side to this Alto Adige specialty, so she lightened her treatment of the wine in the cellar, seeking to minimize extraction of harsh tannins for a more suave and aromatic expression of the grape. The result is this inky red, precise yet velvety, that offers a rich mouthful of black fruits—a sophisticated beast.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1946, 2003, 2006, 2012, 1.8 ha|
|Soil:||Porphyry, Limestone, Clay, Alluvial stones|
|Aging:||Aged in large, older oak botte, very small percentage aged in new oak barrique|
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.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.