Inama Carmenere Più

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Inama Carmenere Più

Type: dry red wine

Area: Colli Berici

Variety: Carmenère 70% – Merlot 30%

inama carmenere piùPiù’ 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.
EXPOSITION: south
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
HAND PICKED
Annual production: 80,000 bottles

ENOLOGY
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.

IMPRESSIONS
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.

RECOMMENDED COMBINATION:
At its best with local salami (sopressa, sopressa with garlic and Val Liona DOP ham) and grilled pork.

Winery: Inama Azienda Agricola

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