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Pelassa's Barbera harvest -- Piedmont

 

PIEDMONT

Bel-Sit
The Bel-sit Estate, originally built by Pietro Rivella in 1870, produces Barbera d'Asti DOCG and a beautiful Moscato d'Asti DOCG. In 2000 the Bel-Sit Estate was re-equipped and renovated by Ezio Rivella, one of the most important Masters of Italian Oenology of the last fifty years.  Ezio is widely regarded as the man that introduced Brunello di Montalcino to the world through his development of the Banfi brand.  He has since returned to his Piemontese roots to develop his ancestors project, a project made easier by the perfectly situated vineyards of his family estate.

Bel-Sit Barbera d'Asti DOCG "La Turna" 
Grapes:  Barbera
Viniculture: Mix of rich soil, sandy and clay.  Long Cordon Spur.  Aged in temperature controlled stainless steel
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance:  Rich blue raspberry
Nose:
 Violets and soft ripe cherries
Palate: Cherries and raspberries, with black fruits and floral notes.
Pairings:  Piemontese pasta, duck and aged cheeses

La Turna Barbera d'Asti DOCG - Info Sheet
La Turna Barbera d'Asti DOCG - Sales Sheet

Luca Ferraris
Luca Ferraris Agricola is the largest family owned agricultural company in the seven municipalities of the Ruchè-growing region. Originating in the early 1900's, the family vineyards faltered during the industrial era.  Luca re-established not only the winery, but also the rare Ruchè grape back to notoriety in the region. It was not until 2010 that the Italian DOCG recognized Ruchè!

Luca Ferraris Ruchè Clàsic DOCG  
Grapes: Ruchè 
Viniculture: 6-9 months in oak big barrel; 3 months in the bottle, unfiltered
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color. 
Nose: Forrest woods and floral aromas
Palate: Spice, geranium leaf, rose petals, ripe raspberries, summer cherries.
Pairing: Truffles, game, medium-aged cheeses, red and white meats, pasta, especially mushroom risotto

Luca Ferraris Ruchè Classic DOCG - Info Sheets
Luca Ferraris Ruchè Classic DOCG - Shelf Talkers

Luca Ferraris Bric d'Bianc Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG    
Grapes: Ruchè 
Viniculture: Stainless steel; 3 months in the bottle, unfiltered
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red with purple rim
Nose: Roses and cherries
Palate: Candied orange and plum, ripe raspberries, summer cherries, and a clean dry finish.
Pairing: White and red meats, pasta, young and medium aged cheeses, game.

Luca Ferraris Bric d'Bianc Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG - Info Sheets
Luca Ferraris Bric d'Bianc Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG - Shelf Talkers

Luca Ferraris del Martin Barbera d’Asti DOCG 
Grapes: Barbera
Viniculture: 9 months French oak; 3 months in the bottle, unfiltered
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Garnet red with violet reflections.
Nose: Violets, herbs and spices
Palate: Intense, with ripe black raspberries, macerated cherries, spices notes and a balanced acidity.
Pairing: White and red meats, pasta, young and medium aged cheeses, game.

Luca Ferraris del Martin Barbera d’Asti DOCG - Info Sheets
Luca Ferraris del Martin Barbera d’Asti DOCG - Shelf Talkers


Pelassa
Located in Montà d’ Alba, in the Roero area of Piedmont, the Pelassa family has owned 12 hectares of land used for vine cultivation and wine production. The Pelassa family crafts quality wines that reflect the terrior of the land focusing on the grapes best suited for the land: Arneis, Nebbiolo & Barbera.  Mario Pelassa first came into the wine industry in his youth travelling around on his bicycle selling various wines to the locals. He shortly upgraded to a motorcycle.  At 18 he entered the army where he continued to sell wine to his comrades.  After the army, Mario bought his first 5 acres of vineyards and thus the rest is history.  His two sons, Davide & Daniele now head up the family winery bringing with them an air of modernization to their family tradition. For more on the Pelassa family>

Pelassa Mario's Vino Bianco
Grapes: 50% Arneis, 25% Favorita, 25% Chardonnay
Viticulture: Guyot and spurred cordon.
Viniculture: The wine remains for 4 months on the fermenting yeasts before bottling. Aged 2 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Straw yellow.
Nose: Aromatic bouquet with a hint of citrus and exotic fruit.
Palate: Fresh and graceful

Pelassa Mario's Vino Bianco - Sales Sheet
Pelassa Mario's Vino Bianco - Shelf Talker

Pelassa San Vito Roero Arneis DOCG
Grapes: 100% Arneis
Viticulture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Pale straw-yellow color.
Nose: A complex & seductive nose with delicate scents of white flowers
and chamomile. Hints of honey & white fruit give roundness to the aromas.
Palate:  The taste is dry & harmonious with a pleasant acidulous strain giving freshness and body.

Pelassa San Vito Roero Arneis DOCG - Info Sheet
Pelassa San Vito Roero Arneis DOCG - Shelf Talker
 
Pelassa Nebbiolo Lot Rosé 
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Viniculture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Appearance:
Bright red with varying ruby tones
Nose: Soft cherry, violets and fruit notes
Palate: Dry, delicate, elegant and well-structured.  Balanced and distinctly fresh, with fine tannins and long finish.  Serve as an aperitif or with fish, pasta or pizza.

Pelassa Nebbiolo Lot Rosé - Info Sheet
Pelassa Nebbiolo Lot Rosé - Shelf Talker

Pelassa Mario's Vino Rosso
Grapes: 50% Barbera, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Guyot and spurred cordon.
Viniculture: Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Appearance: Ruby red with violet shades.
Nose: Fruity, fragrant bouquet, persistent bouquet with suggestions of cherry, red currant and apricot.
Palate: Soft, lingering taste, full-bodied, well balanced and round
palate, this is a classy wine.

Pelassa Mario's Vino Rosso - Sales Sheet
Pelassa Mario's Vino Rosso - Shelf Talker

Pelassa Bricco Enrichetta Langhe DOC

Grapes: Barbera, Nebbiolo
Viniculture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color.
Nose: Bright red berry fruit bouquet
Palate: Elegant with ripe berry fruit notes blended into the harmonious body.

Pelassa Bricco Enrichetta Langhe DOC - Info Sheet
Pelassa Bricco Enrichetta Langhe DOC - Shelf Talker

Pelassa San Pancrazio Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC
Grapes: 100% Barbera
Viniculture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: deep ruby red color.
Nose: Intense bouquet, delicate with hints of ripe forest fruits & dark black berries.
Palate: Full-bodied & harmonious, balanced with tannins well blended in a generous and persistent body.  Dark, concentrated fruits linger through the finish.
Awards & Accolades: Decanter 4 stars

Pelassa San Pancrazio Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC - Info Sheet

Pelassa San Pancrazio Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC - Shelf Talker

Pelassa Riserva Nebbiolo Roero Antaniolo DOCG
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Viniculture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
Appearance: Bright red with varying ruby tones
Nose: Strong fruit scents of strawberries, cherries, spices, with and an undertone of licorice.
Palate: Dry & decisive. Well balanced wine with notes of soft oak and striking red fruit. A full bodied and tannic wine that is perfect for accompanying any meal with stronger flavors.
Awards & Accolades: 90 pts Wine Enthusiast

Pelassa Riserva Nebbiolo Roero Antaniolo DOCG - Info Sheet
Pelassa Riserva Nebbiolo Roero Antaniolo DOCG - Shelf Talker 

Pelassa Barolo DOCG
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Viniculture: Hand harvested
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Brilliant garnet red color.
Nose: Deeply scented bouquet that develops from scents of dry flowers & wild rose to deeper notes of “tar” creating an intoxicating ethereal bouquet.
Palate: Rich, ripe taste with impressive tannins well integrated into a rich & powerful wine.  Layers of black fruit backed by wood & spice, penetrating & compelling.  “Old school, in the good way!” (Gina Gregory)
Awards & Accolades: 89 pts Wine Enthusiast

Pelassa Barolo DOCG - Info Sheet
Pelassa Barolo DOCG - Shelf Talker

 

Viticoltori-Associati Vinchio & Vaglio Serra
Founded in 1959 by a small group of vineyard farmers in Vinchio & Vaglio Serra, communes of Asti, it now has 180 members, which in total comprise in over 320 hectares of vineyard.  Most of the vineyards are located on the steep slopes of the Alto Monferrato’s hills.The land, being composed of mostly calcareous & sandy soil, is not very fertile. Thus the closely planted vines need to be meticulously cultivated, resulting in low-yielding vines.  With plenty of sun exposure the low-yields vines concentrate the sugars in the grapes. Along with careful cultivation to protect the vines, the growers of Vinchio & Vaglio Serra care for the environment with reduced use of pesticides & other chemicals.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Dorato” Gavi
Classified DOCG.
Grapes: 100% Cortese.
Viniculture: Soft pressing and fermentation in steel tannks.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Bright straw yellow color with golden overtones.
Nose: Fleshy fruity nose.
Palate: A well balanced delicate body with fresh crisp notes & a hint of oak richness.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Dorato” Cortese - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Dorato” Cortese - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Il Griso” Roero Arneis
Classified DOCG Roero Arneis.
Grapes: 100% Arneis.
Viniculture: Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Bright yellow with a greenish hue.
Nose: Perfume notes of white flowers with fresh hints of apple & hazelnut.
Palate: An elegant body with a nice acidity & gentle tang leading to a lingering dry finish.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Il Griso” Roero Arneis - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Il Griso” Roero Arneis - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “I Tre Vescovi” Barbera d’ Asti
After the first selection of Barbera grapes are used for Vincio & Vaglio Serra’s premier Barbera, "Barbera Vigne Vecchie", the remaining grapes with higher sugar-content are used to make the "Barbera d'Asti Superiore". The name "Superiore" is only given if wine meets high quality standards: grapes must have a natural higher sugar-content & wine must be aged for twelve months, six of which in oak barrels.

Grapes: 100% Barbera.
Viniculture: 6 months in oak barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color with deep orange overtones.
Nose: Deep & lush fragrances of dark fig fruits & berries with notes of oak.
Palate: A fantastic full body with heady notes of dried fruit & dark berry.  Deep woody undertones add depth in the long dry finish.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “I Tre Vescovi” Barbera d’ Asti - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “I Tre Vescovi” Barbera d’ Asti - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra "SetteFiglie" Nebbiolo Langhe
Classified Langhe DOC Nebbiolo.
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Viniculture: Stainless steel fermentation.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color with deeper garnet reflections.
Nose: Bright red berries, cherry & violets.
Palate: Approachable & easy drinking with its medium body & bright fruity notes.
Pairing: It goes well with risotti, light fried dishes, fonduta cheese sauce, white meat, roast beef and game.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “SetteFiglie" Langhe Nebbiolo - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “SetteFiglie" Langhe Nebbiolo - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Barbaresco
Classified Barbaresco DOCG Nebbiolo
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo.
Viniculture: Stainless steel fermentation, 12 months in French oak, 12 months in bottle
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color deeper garnet reflections.
Nose: Violets and tobacco
Palate: Fruity with tannic long finish when young, a warm and caressing taste when matured.
Pairing: It goes well with red meat, roast beef and wild game. It is also suitable with matured and spicy cheeses

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra Barbaresco - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra Barbaresco - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Barolo
Classified Barolo DOCG Nebbiolo
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo.
Viniculture: 2 years French oak cask aged, 1 year in bottle.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red color with orange reflections.
Nose: Clear notes of violet, tobacco and vanilla with bright red berries, cherry & violets.
Palate: Medium body & bright fruity notes. 
Pairing: It goes well with red meat, roast beef, game and wild game. It is also suitable with truffled courses, matured and spicy cheeses.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra Barolo - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra Barolo - Shelf Talker

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Nivasco” Brachetto
Classified Piedmont DOC Brachetto.
Grapes: 100% Brachetto.
Viniculture: Stainless steel fermentation.
Alcohol: 6% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red.
Nose: Sweet fragrances with notes of a musky bouquet.
Palate: Sweet aromatic red wine produced from a vine exclusively cultivated in Piedmont region.  A vivacious wine, it should be served chilled.

Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Nivasco” Brachetto - Info Sheet
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Nivasco” Brachetto - Shelf Talker



 


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