Le Pianelle 2014 'Croa' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC
Item Number: 15606
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Coste della Sesia DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Croatina
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 5.61 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Acidic with yellow sand and porphyritic volcanic sand grain
Elevation: 885-1,065 feet asl
Case Production: 77
Tasting Notes: We ordered 20 cases of this and the Vespo (extremely limited bottlings with only 77 total cases produced of Croa and 44 total cases produced of Vespo) because Alto Piemonte guru Cristiano Garella told us to! We might be the only USA market to have these wines. 18 months in used barriques and 7 years in bottle have created two incredibly integrated wines with refined, smooth palates. The Croatina is lighter with more berry fruit while the Vespolina has more grip and spice. These wines are ready to go—no further aging necessary.
First Vintage: 2012
Terroir Notes: Le Pianelle Croá is produced in the Alto Piemonte, specifically from historic vineyards located in the Villa del Bosco municipality in Bramaterra. The average vine age is 80 years. The vines are Guyot and maggiorina trained; maggiorina is an old historic trellis system that is specific to Alto Piemonte.
Winemaking Notes: The Croatina grapes are destemmed. Traditional fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks without added yeast. The juice macerates with the skins for 24 days. It is then transferred to mature in used barriques for 18 months. It was bottled September 2016 and left to rest in bottle until release in 2021.