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"SONTUOSO," NEBBIOLO D'ALBA, DOC, 2011
Azienda Agricola Valdinera

Located in the heart of Piedmont near the city of Alba, the Valdinera estate has been farmed by the Careglio family for four generations. At present, it consists of about 41 acres of which 22 are vineyards. Currently, “Beppe” Careglio grows Barbera, Favorita, Arneis and, of course, Nebbiolo.

The term "Nebbiolo" comes from the Italian word for fog,  or “nebbia”, which appears in the autumn.  The fog, which keeps the temperatures down, lets the grapes develop their full flavors which characterize our Nebbiolo. This wine comes from the sunniest part of the estate where the vineyards bathe in the sun, comes this “Sontuoso” (“Sumptuous” in Italian).

Uncertified Organic Wine (Producer states they do not use artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. While we cannot prove the veracity of this, we also have no reason to believe it is not true.)

Tasting notes: This wine has all the classic qualities you want in a fine Nebbiolo: a mouthful of dry, dark black cherry fruit enhanced by a pleasing interlacing of soft but firm tannins.
Region: Piedmont
Classification: Nebbiolo Alba DOC
Area of Production: Corneliano d'Alba
Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Soil: Clay, chalk on top of sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 26 years
Trellising System: Guyot
Production per Acre: 2 tons
Vinification Technique: Controlled temperatures in stainless steel.
Maturation: 1 year in oak
Total Acidity: 5.35 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l
PH: 3.48
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Cases Produced: 500