Estate: Elena Pantaleoni took over her family estate in 1993, replanting the vineyards with native varietals such as Barbera, Malvasia Candia, Ortrugo and Bonarda. The 50 hectare property is located in northwestern Emilia-Romagna and has a winemaking history dating back to the late 19th century. Along with natural winemaker Giulio Armani, Elena farms the 32 hectares of vines organically and with minimal intervention.
Winemaking: Grapes are selected from the bigger berries, younger vines [vines are 7, 15 and 40 years in age] and from the lower parts of the vineyard. The soil is heavy clay silt. Maceration on skins in stainless steel and/or cement tanks for 20 days, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, in stainless steel and cement tanks.
Tasting Notes: All the cherries [red, black and sour] along with pomegranate, cranberry, red currant, and a bite of crisp red apple are wrapped in spice, astringent black tea tannins and fresh acidity. Black cherry, cranberry, tobacco, licorice and pepper spice comprise the lengthy, plush finish. An engaging, fun play between sweet and sour fruit has this bottle emptying rather swiftly.
Barbera 60% Bonarda 40%
Estate Bottled by La Stoppa di Elena Pantaleoni