We are planting magic

Categories: Vineyards and wines

The ancient Celts said that every tree possesses a spirit which defends it, keeps it alive, and causes trouble to whoever cuts it down. When wood was needed for building or fire, permission was asked to the spirit and part of the tree was replanted in order to avoid curses and revenge. In Langa, for…

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Maceration and Tannins

Categories: Vineyards and wines

  In the years prior to 1980, every winemaker produced Barolo in nearly the same way: 2-3 months of macerating and splinting, where the marc cap was pushed and pressed against the liquid with wooden planks. It produced particularly bitter tannic wines that could only be appreciated after 20 years or so. From the 80s…

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2016, what a beauty!

Categories: Stories, Vineyards and wines

The optimism in the air has become a reality. I can calmly affirm that 2016, in the end, is a year of excellent value. Sometimes people wait to say such things out of superstition. They think it, but they don’t say it. However, I now believe that this year has been more than great for…

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2016: there’s optimism

Categories: Vineyards and wines

We’re starting the 2016 harvest and trying to understand it at the same time. Spring was not easy due to the constant humidity present on the foliage, but the cool and sunny summer allowed the grapes to ripen in a constant and continuous manner. This year will be rewarding to whoever has the vineyards with…

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Any more Boreas than this and…

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Boreas is the god of north wind in Greek mythology, exactly why my inspiration for this wine is the exaltation of its freshness, acidity, and salinity. Which year, if not 2014, represents this concept? 2014 perfectly follows the conditions of high latitudes; a cool summer, not cold, quite rainy. Not having enough confidence in this…

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Kaskal Act II

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The first year of our nebbiolo-based bubbly wine has arrived. Last year, which was year zero, was pure experimentation. Now instead we are refining the technique, understanding the potential of our variety in this spumante version. The blend is mostly 2011 with a small part of 2010. The yeast took 45 months to work and…

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Primordial future

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Sometimes when creating a new wine, deciding to plant a new vineyard, creating something that’s in your head, weighing pros and cons, making and unmaking – the project starts to appear only after hundreds of ideas or attempts. Nothing like this happened for the first nebbiolo created entirely in a container of terracotta. Curiosity pushed…

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Cold danger

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Once again I find myself talking to you about the bizarre weather. After having a very warm winter and snow at the end of March, naturally the end of April and beginning of May had some of the coldest days I can remember. Looking at the table below, you can understand what kind of stress…

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Ready for spring

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I have the sensation that we are about to face a year of great unpredictability. We began 2016 with almost summer-like temperatures at the Epiphany. Afterwards, winter took one last stand with two good snowfalls, the last of which was 17 March. The snow melted after a few days and made way for rain. The…

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D as in dry, S as in stress

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For the last 20 years we’ve seen different types of winters. Some freezing. Some snowy. Some have been rainy without snow, others lukewarm. However this has been a winter season with such a fluctuating temperature that I think it’s unique. The land is dry and dusty. It hasn’t rained hard since the end of September…

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