Country: Italy Region: Trentino-Alto Adige Vintage: 2014
Category: White Wine Color: White
"The four Cesconi brothers have transformed their family estate in the village of Pressano into one of the region's most admired wineries. Whereas they previously sold all their fruit to the co-op at Lavis, today they are making some of Italy's most exciting white wines using organic farming. They have also carried out research into, and development of, better selections of Nosiola, keeping them at the top of their game.
Stylistically, their whites are more intense and perfumed than most from Friuli, but without the weight or fat that some of the top Friuli wines have. Their reds, on the other hand, have more concentration than their Friulian counterparts.
The Pinot Grigio is aromatic yet intense. We tend to prefer it with a bit of bottle age, when it starts to show complexity. Their Nosiola, a native Trentino grape variety, is zesty and aromatic, an ideal summer white. 'Olivar', a barrel fermented blend of Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, is one of Trentino's best white wines. Their reds have improved markedly in recent years, with the addition of Lagrein and Teroldego to the blend. 'Moratèl', a blend of Merlot, Lagrein, Cabernet Sauvignon and Teroldego, shows a ripeness and depth of flavour that is lacking in most reds from this region."
Winemaker: Roberto and Lorenzo Cesconi
The Pinot Grigio vineyards are found on the gently-sloping hills of Pressano at approximately 300 metres above sea level and with a southwesterly exposure. The soils are deep and rich with a considerably high mineral content given by the high degree of bedrock fragmentation; this bedrock originates from marine deposits dating back 240 million years. The vines are guyot- and pergola-trained with a density of 7,000 and 3,000 - 4,000 vines per hectare respectively.
Fermentation took place 50% in stainless steel vats and 50% in oak casks (3,000 litre capacity) at temperatures between 18-20°C and lasted eight days. The wine was subsequently aged in oak for eight months on fine lees. The use of large casks combined with prolonged contact with the lees enriches the wine while preserving its original varietal aromatic qualities.
Distinguished by its fresh acidity, it is crisp with defined minerality. Deep yellow straw in colour, the nose offers intense notes of pear, bread crusts and white peach. The palate is broad and rich, with complex layers of fruit character before a long finish.
Food Suggestion: Enjoy with meaty white fish, creamy pasta and hearty salads.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13.5%