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Pierinvaletta Nebbiolo Lange Hills 2020

ID No: 448828
Country:Italy
Region:Piemonte
Winery:Pierinvaletta
Grape Type:Nebbiolo
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Vine: Nebbiolo

Vineyards: North-est facing with Guyot pruning (7-9 buds / vine).
N° Vines / hectare: 4,000
Yield / hectare: 70-80 q / Ha
Plant year: 2007

Nebbiolo is a native black grape variety of Piedmont that gives birth also Barolo and Barbaresco. The name ‘Nebbiolo’ derives from the word ‘fog’ and there could be two reasons. The first hypothesis traces the name of Nebbiolo back to the obscured, almost clouded appearance of the grape, covered with abundant bloom. The second hypothesis, more suggestive, is linked to the very late ripening of the grapes: the Nebbiolo grape harvest often takes place in late October, when the vineyards are enveloped in morning mists.

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Product Description

Produced with Nebbiolo grapes from one of the highest plots in the area, at over 500 meters above sea level.

This is an elegant Nebbiolo - fresh and fruity with simple tannins (thanks to the white calcareous soil) and good minerality.

No oak. Aged on the lees for 4 months in Stainless Steel Tan

Fresh, fruity, mineral.
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Winery: Pierinvaletta
PierinValetta's brand is produced by Azienda Agricola Rivetti Massimo. They are located in the city of Nieve, in the Piedmont region and they produce Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato, Arneis and Chardonnay.

Date Founded: 2000
Owner: Massimo Rivetti
Winery Philosophy: PierinValetta's brand is a tribute to Pierin Valetta, which is the ancestor of the Family. It is a way to thank him and honor him for all the hard work and dedication when he planted vines 75 years ago which are used today to make wines with great concentration and depth of flavors.

Pierin Valetta was one of the anchestor of the family. Valetta was the nickname of the branch of Pierin's family. He was born in 1910 and he believed in his territory since when he was a kid. In fact, thanksfully to him, now the family can grow vineyards which are 70+ years old. Now is the fifth generation which is carry on the winery. Three brothers that are following all the works with the help of their parent

Winery Acreage: 60 acres
Winery Production: 7000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato, Arneis and Chardonnay.
Winemaker: Massimo Rivetti

The winery is working with organic practice in Europe and they are in the process of getting their certification.

OLD VINES
The vineyards are 35-75 years old with limited yield per hectare to maximize the grape quality, the terroir and production area.
NO HERBICIDES, SOIL MANAGEMENT
Herb mowing is done manually to avoid any herbicide, sowing of 20+ different variety of herbs that help plants avoiding stress and acting as natural fertilizer in addition to “humus”.
NO PESTICIDES, INSECTS MANAGEMENT
Use of “sexual confusion” (natural method that provide the use of pheromones to avoid the reproduction of the insects without any chemical product) and hand harvest of “noctue” (worms that eat buds in spring, destroying part of the production).
HARVEST
Manual harvest of only the best fruits at the moment of the top maturity followed by an accurate selection to avoid any compromise.
NATURAL FERMENTATION WITH INDIGENOUS YEASTS
Natural starter (pie de cuve) using only yeasts that are naturally present on the skins of the berries, in order to obtain not standard wines, but products that really reflect the territory and production area bottling: cambiare sulphates con sulphates.
BOTTLING WITH THE MAXIMUM RESPECT OF THE WINE
Minimum use of sulphates and clarify only when really necessary. Red wines, generally, are bottled without any filtration in order to don’t lose any feature of the grape.

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Situation
Spreads out over the south-east side of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills, in Beaumes de Venise in the southern part of the Rhone valley.

Terroir
 On a poor sandy, hungry and arid soil consisting of tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.

In the vineyard
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