Inama Carmenere Più
Type: dry red wine
Area: Colli Berici
Variety: Carmenère 70% – Merlot 30%
Più’ means ‘more’ in Italian and there’s more than just Carmenere in this typical blend from the Colli Berici, a line of gently rolling volcanic hills in Italy’s north-east. Merlot is a civilising influence, the plumy accent and refined tannins marry well with a touch of French oak. The iron-rich clay soil over a limestone base is perfect for Bordeaux varieties and Carmenere, introduced in the 19th century, suffered from amnesia for decades. Cabernet Franc it most definitely is not – the soy sauce, cocoa and grainy tannins ought to have been unmistakeable.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINEYARD:
SITE: Lonigo and San Germano dei Berici (VI)
ALTITUDE: 50 – 250 m.a.s.l.
SOIL NATURE: iron-rich clay over limestone
GROWING SYSTEM: guyot (Carmenere) and pergola
DENSITY: 5,000 vines / ha
VINEYARD AGE: from 10 to 42 years
AVERAGE YIELD: 50 Hl / ha
Annual production: 80,000 bottles
All varieties are 100% destemmed. After 12 days’ maceration in upright stainless fermenters with internal paddles the must is racked and malo occurs in steel. The wine is aged in 2nd fill 225l French oak barriques for 12 months. A final racking is followed by a gentle pad filtration before bottling. The wine is unfined.
Vivid ruby core with a narrow purple rim. Pronounced nose with black cherry, damson, soy, cocoa and Parma violet. Elegant front-palate with fresh acidity, firm, integrated tannins and length.
At its best with local salami (sopressa, sopressa with garlic and Val Liona DOP ham) and grilled pork.
Winery: Inama Azienda Agricola