Castello Conti 2018 'Origini' Vino Rosso (Boca)
Item Number: 15472
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Vino Rosso
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Croatina / 30% Nebbiolo / 20% Vespolina, Uva Rara, Dolcetto di Boca
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): < 5 g/l
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic soil containing red porphyry rocks
Elevation: 420-500 meters
Several years ago, the sisters acquired a parcel of very old vines planted in the local traditional maggiorina trellising system, in which four vines are planted in a tight square and trained in the four cardinal directions, forming a goblet shape. “Origini” (meaning “origins”) is a true field blend: everything is harvested and fermented together. In a way, it is the most Alto Piemonte wine the Contis produce; with Nebbiolo playing only a minor role, and with a training system so specific to the area, it takes the mind even farther from the Langhe than do the Boca and Spanna.
Vine Age: 50 to 80 years old
Winemaking Notes: Grapes for the Origini Rosso are 100% destemmed and transferred to a tank for native yeast fermentation. During the alcoholic fermentation, the must is punched down daily (twice at the beginning of the vinification, once when the sugar is almost done). The juice stays in contact with the skin and lees for about 10 days. The wine is then transferred to 40-hectoliter fiberglass vats to facilitate the separation of gross lees. The wine ages in wood barrels, steel vats and fiberglass. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is filtered before bottling with coarse filter pads. Small quantities of SO2 are added during racking and before bottling.
92 Points (2017 Vintage) Vinous 9/29/2020
"The 2017 Origini Vino Rosso di Alto Piemonte is Croatina, Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Dolcetto di Boca and Uva Rara. Readers will find an intense wine that melds together rich, exotic dark fruit with all the energy that is typical of Alto Piemonte reds, a combination that works so well here. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol are front and center. Drink this exuberant red over the next decade or so."