Estate: Dating back to 1500, there is an incredible amount of history and happenings throughout the estate’s many years. The castle has been home to famous families, renowned architects, oenologists, Generals and even a King. In 1909 the Burlotto family purchased the estate. In 1953 legendary Barolo winemaker Giovanni Battista Burlotto, restored and revitalized the castle, vines and cellar. A portion of the castle was made into a hotel with a restaurant, with the vision to create a meeting point for food and wine. His 3 daughters carried his tradition on, and today it is their 3 daughters [Elisabetta, Alessandra and Giovana], along with their respective families continuing on the winemaking traditions and hospitality created by their grandfather.
The Verduno Pelaverga DOC is one of the smallest DOC regions in all of Italy. Currently, there are just over 10 winemakers and only 18 hectares of vines dedicated to the cultivation of the rare Pelaverga grape.
Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed using organic methods. Hand harvested grapes are from vineyards 240-340 meters in elevation, in the Massara and Olmo crus in the commune of Verduno. The soils are limestone and clay. Fermented in stainless steel, aged for 9 months in stainless steel, followed by 3 months in the bottle before release. ‘Basadone’ is the local dialect for a poppy flower [depicted on the label], it also translates to “little kiss”; “local tradition has it that Pelaverga is an aphrodisiac”. [For more information on the Burlotto family and their dedication to the Pelaverga grape, check out the article A Glass of Pelaverga from the Art of Eating.]
Tasting Notes: Bright transparent ruby red in colour with aromas of candied flowers, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and a trace of anise. Cherry, strawberry, cranberry and a dusting of crushed white peppercorn are framed by light, silky dry tannins and fresh acidity. Red fruits along with a streak of minerality linger on the dry finish. Agile, easy drinking and super food friendly.
100% Pelaverga Piccolo
Estate Bottled by Castello di Verduno
$20 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020