Torraccia del Piantavigna Ghemme DOC – 2009 Riserva, Piedmont, Italy

Torraccia Ghemme 2009

Grape: as tradition demands, 90% Nebbiolo, 10% Vespolina

Vine training system: guyot

Area of production: own vineyard on top of the hill, historically called Ronco dell’Ulivo, in the territory of Ghemme

Orientation: East-West

Average yield per acre: about 2,200 kg, selection of the best grapes

Harvesting: hand-picked during the first fortnight of October and transported to the winery in small crates

Vinification: soft press of the grapes, fermentation in temperature-controlled steel tanks, monitoring the remontage frequency and the oxygen intake, so as to encourage the extraction of polyphenols. This is followed by malolactic fermentation

Ageing: at least 3 years for the traditional Ghemme

Finishing: at least 6 months in the bottle

Bottle: inspired by an original dated 1904

Notes: Torraccia declares a Riserva only in the greatest years, when the weather and the climatic conditions have been exceptionally good, allowing the grapes to mature absolutely perfectly. Only if we deem that the wine is exceptional, do we bottle it bottle it as a Riserva. The vintage 2009 is the second Riserva of the century. The yield is only 2,000 kg per acre.

The Riserva has a ruby-red colour with garnet shades, a fine, intense nose with hints of violet and liquorice. In the mouth, it is dry, powerful and sapid with soft velvety tannins and good residual acidity. We expect this wine to continue to develop well over the next 20 years.

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