Growing up, Italo’s favorite wine was his father’s "Cuvée Privée." This wine, which was served at family gatherings and made from grapes bought from the then current owner of the castle—a Count Guido Riccardo Candiani, was sourced from a vineyard (i Cortini) right next to the Castello di Neive. To pay tribute to his father’s memory and this wine, Italo continued making a pinot nero from the i Cortini plot once his family purchased the castello. Made from 100% Pinot Nero, the grapes are gently pressed and then matured in barriques for 1 year.
Light ruby in color, aromas of cherries and cranberries awaken the senses while undertones of earth, smoke, and tobacco lurk under the surface. Delicate tannins and a light body make this a finessed but structured wine.
Pair this wine with pizza, white cheese sauces, light vegetable stews, and Tortilla Española.