La Pineta Pinot Nero Toscana IGT 2012

While Pinot Nero is capable of producing wines of extraordinary elegance and harmony, it sometimes has difficulty adapting to conditions in Italy. To succeed with this grape in a land known for indigenous varietals, Alessandro Cellai had to approach every operation in the vineyard and the cellar meticulously. For example, he found that allowing the skins to macerate with dry ice prior to fermentation brought out more finessed perfumed aromas.  The wine's name takes inspiration from the surrounding pine forests, as "La Pineta" translates to "pine tree".

Tasting Notes

This ruby red wine offers notes of fresh berries, including raspberries, as well as hints of spice and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced, with red fruit flavors, and a persistent finish. 

Food Pairing

Pair this with foie gras, teriyaki sauces, chicken with cranberry and walnut stuffing, or pork saltimbocca.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The La Pineta vineyard
Vineyard size
4 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Sandy-Loam
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
1,700 feet
Vines/acre
2,400
Yield/acre
1.5 tons
Exposure
Eastern
Year vineyard planted
2001
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2006
Bottles produced of this wine
3,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Pinot Nero
Fermentation container
Barrels
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
25 days
Fermentation temperature
72 °F
Maceration technique
Racking and Pumpovers
Maceration length
5 hours; 10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
5 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
1 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L
Dry extract
28.5 g/L

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