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
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.