Taste: As you pour a glass, the deep ruby-red hue captures your attention, a precursor to the sensory experience that awaits. The bouquet is harmonious and balanced, teasing with notes of raspberries, ripe fruits, and jam. A sip introduces you to a world where velvety tannins play with a soft and warm taste, making it clear why this wine stands out in Roero for its purity.
Pairing: To elevate the experience, pair this Nebbiolo d'Alba with traditional first courses from the Piedmont region. Whether it's savory meats or the earthy flavors of mushrooms, the wine complements and enhances each bite, making every meal a journey through the heart of Piedmont.
Mushroom Bread Pudding
By Susan Spungen
About. Nestled in the sun-drenched Santo Stefano hills of the Roero region in Piedmont, Italy, lies a winery steeped in tradition, heritage, and love for the art of winemaking: Chiesa Carlo, colloquially known as Chiesa.
Chiesa Carlo, a nine-hectare gem, was founded in the mid-1700s. It has since witnessed five generations of the Chiesa family fervently and passionately cultivating the land, seamlessly intertwining their family's history with the vines they nurture. With his brothers Renato and Giuseppe and the younger generation of nephews, Carlo symbolizes the culmination of a lineage committed to sustainable rhythms, love for the land, and a delicate dance between experience and experimentation.
Their dedication shines in their wines, a tangible result of a legacy that values sustainable agriculture, respect for the environment, and an audacious taste for experimentation. What makes Chiesa particularly unique is its commitment to polyculture, a rarity in today's monoculture-driven wine industry. For over three centuries, this estate has boasted an untouched lineage of organic agriculture, confident in the knowledge that only copper and sulfur have kissed their vines.
Though lesser known, Roero is renowned for its sandy hills on the left side of the Tanaro River. Located northwest of Alba, the region is famous for its Arneis variety. However, the sand-rich soils of the area truly bring out the elegant charm of the Nebbiolo grapes, making them approachable at an earlier age without compromising on refinement.
The Santo Stefano Roero vineyard, from which the 2017 Manascarda Nebbiolo d'Alba originates, sits gracefully at an altitude of 330m, with its vines sloping at an impressive 55%, facing south and southeast. Its preamble and sandy soil has never met chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The grapes are harvested by hand with masterful manual craftsmanship.
Crafted from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, this wine is a dance of traditions and techniques. The grapes undergo fermentation in steel under a controlled atmosphere, a 20-day skin maceration, and a minimum of 12 months of aging in large oak barrels.
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