2013 Conte Vistarino 'Pernice' Pinot Nero

    2013 Conte Vistarino 'Pernice' Pinot Nero


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    Ottavia Giordi's great grandfather planted the first Pinot Noir vines on the Vistarino estate in 1850.  In 1865, he introduced the world to sparkling wine made in the traditional method, a la Champagne.   Today there are about 200 hectares of vines, 160 of them devoted to Pinot Noir. The soil here, in the heart of Oltrepo Pavese, is quite poor - which is good - and the varying temperatures, and the cool winds blowing through the valley, is an ideal place for this variety. 

    There are three single vineyards, or crus, that exemplify the Vistarino's Pinot Noir expressions of terroir here: Pernice, Bertone, and Tavernetto. 

    The Pernice cru is the oldest vineyard, and the wildest.  It's the "eldest" child, but a bit more delicious than the others.  Its personality is incredible.   If you like the earthiness of a Tuscan, the suppleness of a red Burgundy, and the fruitiness of an Oregon Pinot Noir, you'll love this wine. 

    At close to ten years of age, this still shines with a nose of violet, roses, small red berries, figs, and coffee.  Ripe red fruits and tart cherries and spice glide along the palate.  The finish winds up with savory notes of basil and tomato leaf.   It's just stellar and has to be tasted to be believed!

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