A broad and savoury wine with an elegant profile of raspberry, morello cherry and a touch of violet, and dark chocolate. A lovely element of gaminess develops into a fresh and vibrant palate with a persistent finish.
The Freisa grapes are hand-harvested in early October from the Braghé area, located near Bricco San Michele. Maceration in contact with the skins for 4 to 5 days with pump-overs. Spontaneous fermentation in cement and aging in tonneaux or barrique for at least one year.
Founded in the 1920s’ by great-grandfather Bepi, Claudio Mariotto’s family have been making wine in the Tortona hills of Piedmont for generations. Today the winery is run and managed by Claudio, with the help of his partner Rossana, his brother Marco and his mother Piera. They have 100 hectares of land, 50 of which are planted with vines.
An ancient variety found in Italy’s northwestern region of Piedmont, particularly around Chieri, the Monferrato, and the Langhe, Freisa is the closest relative to Nebbiolo. Genetic studies show that Freisa and Nebbiolo share a parent-offspring connection and, according to Ian D’Agata, author of Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs, Freisa is more likely Nebbiolo’s parent.