Ottavio Vino Rosso (Grignolino)
100% Grignolino. From estate parcels scattered about the steep hills of the Monferrato zone of Asti near the village of Scurzolengo. The Verrua family--Nadia and her mother Maria Teresa and her father Ottavio--farms the vines organically, tending and harvesting them entirely by hand. The grapes are destemmed with berries kept whole and gently pressed without breaking the skins, just enough to kick off fermentation in vat. Fermentations can be very lengthy in this cold cellar, where there is no addition of yeasts or sulfur and no temperature control; maceration is often as long as two months. The wine ages on its lees for a few months before being bottled without fining or filtering and with only a gram or two of sulfur if any. Papa Ottavio's name and artistically rendered visage grace the label of this annual bottling.