‘Più’ means ‘more’ in Italian and there’s more than just Carmenere in this typical blend from the Colli Berici, a line of gently rolling volcanic hills in Italy’s north-east. Planted here since time immemorial, Raboso is a forgotten hero that we re-introduced in 2001. The iron-rich clay soil over a limestone base is perfect for Bordeaux varieties and Carmenere, introduced in the 19th century, suffered from amnesia for decades. Cabernet Franc it most definitely is not – the soysauce, cocoa and grainy tannins ought to have been unmistakeable. Merlot is a civilising influence, the plumy accent and refined tannins marry well with a touch of French oak.
Known characteristic of the Berici Hills, the only territory that can produce a large Carmenere that is here completed with Merlot.
COMMON VINEYARDS : Lonigo and San Germano dei Berici (VI);
ALTITUDE: 50 - 250 m above sea level
NATURE OF SOLE: limestone / limestone;
NUTRITION SYSTEM: guyot and pergola;
DENSITY: 5000 c / ha
VINEYARD ETA: 10 to 42 years;
AVERAGE APPLICATION: 50 Hl / ha;
Average production: 80,000 bottles
Grapes grapes. Maceration and fermentation for about 12 days in vertical ducks. Feeding, pressing and pouring in steel tanks where malolactic fermentation took place, then in new barriques for a period of 12 months. Handy, no
collage and bottling after light filtration.
Dark red color with blue-purple reflections. Elegant nose of small dark berries, cocoa and black pepper. On balanced palate of excellent freshness, fruity without tannic hamstrings.
ACCOMMODATION: Typical salami of the Berici Hills: overcooked, bacon and garlic sauces. Prosciutto PDO Berico Euganeo. Grilled pork.