Estate: For generations, the Croci family has been making wine in the Piacenza hills of Emilia Romagna, northern Italy. Today, Massimiliano Croci heads the 16 hectare estate that was founded in 1935 by his grandfather, Giuseppe Croci. The 5 hectares are old vine vineyards of traditional and native grapes such as Croatina and Ortrugo, the remainder of the estate is for dairy cows and pasture. He passionately continues the family’s tradition of making expressive, traditional wines that are refermented in the bottle [metodo ancestrale or pét-nat], using natural, organic and biodynamic methods. For a closer look, head over to their producer page at Louis/Dressner Selections.
Philosophy: Passion and respect for the land and wine, producing genuine wines that reflect the character of the Piacenza hills.
Winemaking: Vineyards are on the steep hillsides about 250-300 meters in elevation, with sand, limestone soil rich with fossils and seashells. “The fruit is destemmed and left to ferment spontaneously in vat, with about 2 weeks of maceration with the skins before pressing. The wine rests in concrete vat through the winter, undergoing partial malolactic fermentation, and is bottled generally in March with about 15 grams/liter of sugar and a tiny dose of sulfur. Re-fermentation begins as the spring air warms the cellar; the wine is held in bottle for a minimum of 10 months”. Unfiltered, not disgorged. Named ‘Campedello’ for the site on the hill where the vineyards are.
Tasting Notes: Foggy orange-gold in colour, with aromas of red apple, chestnut honey, hay and wildflowers. Lemon, pear, yellow apple, mango, wildflowers and flinty minerality are framed by consistent, tight fizz. Citrus acidity and green tea tannins accent pineapple, pink grapefruit and nuttiness on the fizzy finish. Engaging, bright and refreshing.
60% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica/20% Trebbiano/15% Ortrugo/3% Sauvignon/2% Marsanne
Colli Piacentini DOC
Estate Bottled by Soc. Agricola Croci Ermano