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Antoniolo Erbaluce d’Caluso DOC 2020

Erbaluce from Italy, Gattinara, Alto Piemonte

$52

$49ea in any 3+
$46ea in any 6+
Alc: 12.5%
Closure: Cork

Description

If you’ve never tried Erbaluce before this is a bloody good place to start!

Like Timorasso & Nascetta this is a varietal to watch!

2nd Taste Oct 2022Very Good, super racy zippy acid coming together nicely resolved filled out. Looks good fun crisp. Perfect summer drinking. Elevage is there. Spice, the overt traminer, savvy b herbaceous thing has resolved in and is just a complexing layer. Leaving fruit with pith and citrus / white nectarine coming through. White flowers on the go. Showing nicely.

1st Taste Apr 2022 – My first Erabuce. Love to know the pedigree. A grassy herbal lick. Fine acid fresh, juicy. A little grippy phenolics and that Italian silvery line of bitterness. White citrus and pithy fruit. White flowers. Loads of energy, great length and depth. Harmonises in the glass with just a little air time. Fun drinking. Unguessable options wine!

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Erbaluce or Erbaluce bianca is a white Italian wine grape grown primarily in the Piedmont region around Caluso, in Canavese. In addition to dry table wines, it is used to make sweet wines with deep golden coloring, such as passito. The grape has a long history in the Piedmont region, with the first written record dating to 1606, and most likely originated in the alpine hills of northern Piedmont.

In the 21st century, DNA profiling determined that Erbaluce has a close genetic relationship with another Piedmontese wine grape, Cascarolo bianco, though the exact nature of that relationship is not yet known.

About Antoniolo

Antoniolo is considered by many to be the most important reference-point estate in Gattinara, Alto Piemonte’s most well-known appellation. It is run by brother and sister team Alberto and Lorella Antoniolo but was established in 1948 by their grandfather Mario. In the 1950s and 60s, when many Italians were fleeing the countryside for work in Piedmont’s factories, Antoniolo was snapping up the area’s best vineyards. By the 1970s, they had an enviable collection of Gattinara’s top crus, including a monopole on the Osso San Grato vineyard. In 1974, Rosanna Antoniolo, Mario’s daughter and Alberto and Lorella’s mother, accepted the suggestion of Italy’s most famous wine journalist, Luigi Veronelli, and bottled her Osso San Grato and San Francesco as single vineyard wines.

Antoniolo remains a reference point for Gattinara and Alto Piemonte. As always, the Castelle and San Francesco have a touch of French oak sheen that renders the wines very easy to enjoy on the young side. The Osso San Grato is aged entirely in cask and, therefore, has more classic lines. It remains one of the benchmark wines of Gattinara and Alto Piemonte. As good as the single-vineyard bottlings are, readers should not pass up the straight Gattinara, which is now also released as a Riserva. It’s a fine introduction to this stellar range.

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Though a few producers in the Langhe were already doing this, it was revolutionary for Gattinara. Today the estate has 14 hectares under vine, and brother and sister follow the strict guidelines of their pioneering mother. Fermentations are done slowly in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and all of the Gattinaras are aged as long as Riservas, even if they only started carrying the designation in the 2015 vintage.

Lorella has been running the Consorzio of Alto Piemonte – taking the region’s wines to the world. The cru wines are based on old vine Nebbiolo (60s/70s plantings) positioned in prime south facing sites, roots buried deep in the volcanic soil of the region. These wines are the heart and soul of this ancient Nebbiolo terroir in the foothills of the Alps.

 

In the Vineyard

Integrated pest management with low doses of copper and sulfur. No systemic products or chemical fertilizers are used. Natural cover crops are left on the rows between the vines. Very low doses of SO2 used in the wines.

‘Osso San Grato’ Gattinara Riserva 

100% Nebbiolo from estate’s single vineyard ‘Osso San Grato’ cru at 500 meters above sea level
5.0 hectares of 60 year old vines in volcanic soil

Gattinara Riserva

100% Nebbiolo from estate vineyards.
50-60 year old vines planted in volcanic soils with south/southwest exposure.

In the Winery

Spontaneous fermentation with maceration lasts 18 days. Fermented in cement tank.
Aged in 36 months in 25-30 hectoliter Slavonian or French oak casks.
Aged one year in bottle for prior to release.

Where in the World is Antoniolo?

Gattinara in the Province of Vercelli in the northern part of the Piedemont region. 150km north of Barolo and 70km West of Milan.

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Antoniolo’s holdings in Gattinara are in the communes of Osso San Grato, San Francesco & Castelle .

Where in the world does the magic happen?

ANTONIOLO SOCIETA' AGRICOLA, Corso Valsesia, Gattinara, Province of Vercelli, Italy

Alto Piemonte
Gattinara
Italy