Description: Albarossa is an Italian red grape variety that was created in 1938 by the agronomist Giovanni Dalmasso. He created an original cross with the aim of combining the quality and potential of Nebbiolo with the one of Barbera. While the second parent of Albarossa was later found to be Chatus instead of Nebbiolo, the grape retained many of the viticultural characteristics of Barbera, including its ability to late ripening but still maintain good levels of acidity, especially when planted in poor, calcareous soils. Don Rodrigo is a literary character from a famous Italian novel ‘I promessi sposi’ written by Alessandro Manzoni. He appears in Manzoni’s 19th century work as an antagonist because he opposes the marriage of two humble characters, Renzo and Lucia.
Harvest: usually the harvest takes place the first week of October. After green harvest and careful selection, the grapes are hand-picked in early morning and delivered to the winery in the afternoon to preserve their integrity.
Vinification: after crushing and destalking of the grapes, the must is sent to temperature controlled horizontal tanks. The alcoholic fermentation and maceration last around 8 days at an initial constant temperature of 24°C which gradually rises to 28°C. This process allows the wine to obtain excellent aromas and to extract the polyphenolic substances from the skin.
Ageing: the malolactic fermentation takes place immediately after the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of 18°C. At the end of the winemaking process, the wine goes into French barrique and 500 litres tonneaux for about 18 months. The wine remains in stainless steel tanks for another month prior bottling, followed by 12 months of bottle ageing.
Pairings: game, braised meat, stews, pasta with provola cheese or black truffle.
Serving temperature: 18°C