Ca’ del Bosco history begins in 1964, with the purchase by Annamaria Clementi Zanella of a small house, surrounded by chestnut trees, known as Ca’ del bosc, in the hills, in Erbusco, with a two hectares vineyards. Inside that bucolic scenario, the young Maurizio Zanella, son of Annamaria, grew up, being affacted by those lands inspiration, until entering decisively in the family business, in the early ’70s. The company, then as now, had in Franciacorta sparkling wines (classified DOC already in 1967 and DOCG in 1995) its privileged production, without neglecting the still wines not falling under that denomination.
Pinèro in taste, for example, was born in 1983, before several famous Franciacorta wines of the winery, with the aim of exalting one of the vines used in sparkling wines, proposing an high expressive quality still version. After almost 40 years of winemaking, the current recipe starts from the grapes selection already from the plants of four vineyards, over 30 years of age, in the municipalities of Erbusco and Corte Franca. The manual harvest is followed by the cooling in the cellar of the grapes and a further sorting, before washing the selected bunches in rinsing tanks, to remove from the grapes any impurities present on the skins. After the subsequent destemming, the grapes fall, with the use of gravity only, in the vats, where they perform alcoholic fermentation and maceration (for 14 days overall) with daily pumping over. The final refinement, which takes place in barriques (new to 50%), aged for at least three years, lasts about 11 months, and is followed by the bottling, by gravitational fall, in absence of oxygen and without further additions of sulphites.
This 2015 vintage, with a rather intense ruby color, opens its aromatic range with black cherry, cooked plum, roasted meat and violet pot-pourri, to continue with toasted hazelnut, incense, vinyl and wax and conclude with empyreumatic and boisée notes of coffee roastery. A rather austere nose makes a counterweight an unexpectedly fresh and slender mouth, with hints of red fruit and roasting, enriched by a good flavor and by that much of softness necessary to make the sip balanced, and accompany it to a fresh finish of good length, developed on red fruit and slight bitter echoes.
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