Pinot Nero IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti

2015
Italy
Trentino

Pinot Noir grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards and harvested in 10 kilo crates. The bunches are partially destemmed but not crushed, then transferred to oak vats for vinification with spontaneous fermentation (the tradition here.) The only human interference is the punching of the cap. Maceration lasts 18-20 days, after which the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is released after an additional year in bottle.

The resulting wine has remarkable richness and texture along with a distinct smokiness and freshness typical of high altitude vineyards.

 

92 points
"The 2015 Pinot Nero from Elisabetta Dalzocchio is absolutely stunning, reminding me of some of the more adventurous and experimental Pinots coming out of Oregon these days. Elisabetta only grows Pinot Nero and follows a strictly natural approach from start to finish to create this small 760-case production. Perfectly ripe strawberry, including the vines, leaves, and even the moist dark earth you’d expect at your feet, waft up to create a beautiful bouquet. It’s ripe and enveloping, offset by savory herbal and mineral tones, as zesty acids add further energy and depth of fruit. A note of cherry-pit creates a sweet and sour effect on the close, with just a hint of fine tannin that frames the experience perfectly. Did I mention it’s only 12.5% abv.? What a fun wine, and it’s loaded with character."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1004-15
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir