MONFERRATO ROSSO D.O.C. I CASCINALI
Vines and training: 100% Merlot; Guyot counter-espalier training system.
Growing location: Penango, Cioccaro (AT).
Vineyard exposure: south.
Type of soil: loamy-clayey and calcareous, deep, with a good water supply.
Altitude: from 300 – 350 metres a.s.l.
Gradient: from 25% to 30%.
Age of vines: 20 years more or less.
Planting density: 5000 plants/ha.
Yield/hectare: 7 tonnes.
Harvest: picking by hand at the end of September, first 10 days of October.
Wine-making process: destemming and crushing of the clusters. Fermentation and maceration with the skins in steel tanks with temperature control for 15-20 days for an optimal extraction of the colour.
Maturing: after being racked a few times, the wine matures and it is bottled, generally, in the autumn following the harvest.
Analytical parameters: alcohol: 12,5-14,00% by Vol; total acidity: 5 – 5,50 g/l (as tartaric acid); net dry extract: 27-29 g/l.
Tasting notes: intense ruby red with purple reflections. Intense and persistent, notes of red fruit with a slight and elegant note of green pepper. In the mouth it is supple and round, with elegant toasty, spicy and vanilla notes.
Serving temperature: 17 – 18° C.