DESCRIPTION: In 1999, Aldo requested permission to plant Nebbiolo at the
top of Bricco. It was years before ?climate change? would become an evidence,
and such authorization was denied. That constraint turned into the possibility to
actually experiment with Pinot nero. It wasn?t until 2006 that we released our first
Pinot, then called ?PNQ497? upon the height (or quota) of the vineyard: 497m asl.
VINEYARD AND TERROIR: From the highest part of the Bricco delle Viole, also
called Bricco di Vergne, between Barolo and La Morra. Here, the eye oversees the
Alta Langa to the East and Monviso on the West.
HARVEST AND WINEMAKING: When Pinot Noir purpose is a red wine, harvest
take place at the end of August or beginning of September according to vintage
ripening patterns. Vineyards and blocks are picked individually, and Vajra frequently
opts for multiple passages to respect the diversity of each vine. Grapes are sorted
manually three times: directly on the vine, as whole clusters on the sorting tables,
and lastly as single berries after destemming. Fermentation lasts for an average of
15 days in vertical vats, and is followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation.
Langhe DOC Pinot Nero is then aged for usually 24 months in stainless-steel tanks
and oak barrels, with patience and until the wine blossoms into a full harmony.