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Vines Nebbiolo ( %)

Color: Intense garnet red.
Smell: The nose is complex and elegant, with hints of red fruit and spicy notes.
Taste: The palate is full and velvety with a persistent aftertaste and soft tannins.
Food pairing: Perfect for traditional dishes based on red meats and game, roasts, braised meats, dishes based on mushrooms and truffles, aged cheeses and cold cuts.

Production areas: Vineyards in the area of ​​Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive.
Vintage 2016: The climate of January and the first part of February, characterized by mild temperatures and low rainfall, preceded a month of March characterized by frequent rains and capable of guaranteeing the accumulation of an excellent water reserve in the soil. The following season, generally with below average temperatures, favored a delay in the vegetative restart of about ten days, which lasted until the end of summer. The harvest began on 30 September and ended on 12 October.
Vinification: The selected grapes were de-stemmed and pressed. Maceration lasted about 10 days at a maximum temperature of 30 ° C. The malolactic fermentation ended before the end of winter.
Aging: About one year in oak barrels of different capacities.

Prunotto

In 1904, in the council chamber of the municipality of Serralunga, in the presence of the Notary Giacomo Oddero and the young witness Alfredo Prunotto, the Cantina Sociale "Ai Vini delle Langhe" was founded. Among the participants in the deed of incorporation there are characters who have left their mark on the events of Alba and the municipalities of Langa and many small producers in the area. The first harvest is that of 1905. Difficult years follow characterized by an uncertain general economic trend, aggravated by the First World War. In 1922, upon the expiry of the renewal of the Social Cellar, many members decided not to give their grapes anymore. The vintage, although exceptional, was not abundant. The winery begins to have serious economic problems and is placed in liquidation. At this juncture the young Alfredo Prunotto meets and marries Luigina, with whom he decides to take over the "Ai Vini delle Langhe" Winery, giving it his name. The winery, thanks to the passion of the couple, soon became famous and began exporting Barolo and Barbaresco all over the world: first in South America and later in the United States, whose markets opened in those years. Prunotto is one of the few companies to believe in that economic perspective. In 1956, Alfredo Prunotto decides to retire from the business, selling the company to his winemaker friend Beppe Colla, flanked by Carlo Filiberti and later by his brother Tino Colla. Prunotto, in 1961, began to identify typical production areas that are particularly valuable for the separate vinification of the Crus, such as Barolo Bussia and Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo. In 1972, Ugo della Piana, an architect of Langhe origin, designed the new winery, which will be built near Alba where the company headquarters are still located today. In 1989, the Antinori family began its collaboration with the Prunotto company, initially dealing with distribution and then, in 1994, with the withdrawal of the Colla brothers, also directly from production, maintaining the excellent quality level strongly desired by Alfredo Prunotto. The production philosophy, attentive to every detail, and the great passion for wine, immediately unite Prunotto to the Antinori family which, in this area, meets a new challenge, a new terroir where to express the great territoriality of native and non-native vines. This project took shape in 1990, when Albiera Antinori, the eldest daughter of the Marquis Piero Antinori, further outlined the personality of the winery, paying particular attention to the vineyards, first of which: the Bussia vineyard, one of the most renowned in the Barolo area , the Costamiòle vineyard in Agliano, for the production of Nizza, and land in Calliano for the study and analysis of new vines such as Albarossa and Syrah. It is immersed in a landscape that seduces by the beauty of the hills that alternate with the small sloping valleys in rows of girapoggio. The territory is fascinating and engaging not only for the natural scenery, the colors and the "silences" it offers, but also for the historical testimonies and traditions that characterize it. Alba itself preserves Baroque and Renaissance palaces and a series of medieval towers that were built by the noble families of the city. The whole area, with its vineyards, castles and medieval villages, preserves one of the most important and peculiar artistic and architectural heritage of Piedmont. The estate extends for about 65 hectares with vineyards in the best wine areas of the region. Attention and care in the vineyard are fundamental values ​​of production, born from the belief that only with grapes of the highest quality can great wines be produced, capable of enhancing the varietal and terroir character. The winery represents the perfect combination of tradition and innovation, with the most modern technologies used to express and interpret the thousand shades of this ancient wine-growing area. The Prunotto vineyards extend for about 65 hectares in the Langhe and Monferrato territory, divided into small plots and individual vineyards from which great red wines are born. In compliance with Piedmontese traditions, wines are also produced from white grapes such as Moscato d'Asti and Arneis, to which an innovative rosé and the two grappas of Barolo Bussia and Barbera d'Asti Costamiòle are added. The company carries out studies, research and experiments on the vineyards, without adopting a pre-established formula, with particular attention paid to sustainable agriculture and manual processing. Every year, every harvest, the methods and times for the best care and management of the vineyard and the production of each individual wine are evaluated, respecting its characteristics and enhancing its potential. The evolution in the cellar was preceded by the development in the vineyard: new projects started after careful soil studies have provided valuable information on the choice of rootstocks and the best clones, capable of adapting better to each single plot, favoring the expression of the characteristics territorial. Among the historical production areas, those of Bussia, Bussia Vigna Colonnello, Costamiòle, Bansella, Bric Turot, Pian Romualdo and Occhetti stand out. Prunotto's production philosophy has always been aimed at the constant development of cellars and aging techniques, a continuous challenge to be able to achieve the best quality. Adjacent to the historic headquarters of 1970, designed by the architect Della Piana, in 1999 a new cellar was built for the vinification and aging of wine. A fundamental project to guarantee the expansion and therefore the improvement of the spaces intended for the grape processing cycle. It is a thermo-conditioned structure that allows to maintain a constant temperature throughout the year in order to guarantee the perfect conservation of the wine. For Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo, the old 100 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels used since the 1970s have been completely renovated and replaced with large 27, 32, 53 and 77 hectolitre Allier and Slavonian oak barrels, more suitable to enhance the potential of each vineyard and each wine. Over the years, the now dated concrete tanks have also been replaced with stainless steel tanks, capable of preserving the characteristic aromas and varietal aromas. The new vertical vinification vats are also made of stainless steel, characterized by a fairly low height in favor of a larger diameter, in order to help contact and therefore extraction from the skins during the fermentation phase.

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