2019 Ca' del Bosco Pinéro Sebino IGT
Since 1983, Ca' del Bosco has embraced the challenge of crafting a globally esteemed Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir). The Ca' del Bosco story begins in the mid-1960s, when Annamaria Clementi Zanella purchased a small house on a hill known as "Ca' del bosc" in Erbusco, Franciacorta. The name came from the surrounding dense chestnut trees. This fairytale is mirrored in the wines, vast vineyards, and the dream of success cherished and realized by its creator, Maurizio Zanella.
Pinero is obtained through careful grape selection and skilled vinification, entirely in line with the Ca’ del Bosco method. The grapes are hand-picked in 6 choice vineyards, and immediately placed in small crates where they are graded and chilled. The bunches are individually assessed by expert eyes and hands before they benefit from the exclusive “grape bath”, i.e. a special washing and hydro-massage treatment using three soaking tanks and a drying system. Shortly afterwards, each bunch is transported over the maceration vat to be destemmed; the berries fall into the vat by gravity. This avoids the use of traditional pumps, which cause the skins to break and impart unwanted herbaceous flavors. The alcoholic fermentation and skin contact took place in the following 17 days, with careful management of temperature and punching down. Pumping over takes place daily, using twin elevator tanks in which the wine, drawn from the bottom of the vat, is transferred by gravity. The wine is then raised by the so-called “flying tanks”, and is vigorously poured back into the vat, so as to punch down the cap. There’s no more natural or effective way of gently extracting color and tannins. After devatting, while still warm, the wine is placed in small casks – 50% new oak, carefully selected and seasoned for a minimum of 3 years. For this vintage, aging lasted 11 months in total. A few months later, the wine was gravity-bottled, with a natural process. The innovative filling systems mean that the wine does not suffer from oxidative shock or bottle shock, and does not require the addition of sulfites. Its integrity and wholesomeness are thus guaranteed.