- Extension: 0.7 hectares
- Altitude: 290 m a.s.l.
- Exposure: North-West
- Soil: Clayey-calcareous
- Grapes: 85% Croatina, 15% Barbera
- Planting year: 2008
- Training system: Contospalliera-Guyot
- Plant density: 4500 plants / hectare
- Yield: 80-85 quintals / hectare
- Harvest: Manual, selection of the bunches at harvest
- Vinification: Destemming, delicate pressing, maceration with the skins in concrete tanks at a controlled temperature for 6-7 days, with daily pumping over, then it is drawn off and the alcoholic fermentation ends, generally in this phase also the malolactic fermentation takes place. Subsequently, two decantings are carried out and the wine is placed in concrete barrels where it remains to refine for 9 months. After being decanted, the wine is bottled without filtration.
- Color: Intense ruby red with purple notes.
- Bouquet: Accentuated and intriguing, wild berries, violets and strawberries prevail.
- Taste: Sweet and full, balanced and harmonious, pleasantly tannic. Persistent and with a pleasant aftertaste.
- Serving temperature: 16 ° -18 ° C. It is pleasant to appreciate its initial freshness and experience the evolution of aromas as the wine heats up in the glass.
- Pairings: Excellent with cured meats, tagliatelle with meat sauce, legume soups and braised ravioli.
Croatina, an ancient native vine of northern Italy, very common in Oltrepò Pavese, particularly rustic and resistant, planted on the ridges of steep hills facing north, matures more slowly, maintaining fresher aromas and fruity aromas. A variety that requires long pruning and a high number of buds to maintain a good ratio between leaf surface and number of bunches. It is among the varieties with the highest content of polyphenols in the skin, which determine its intense red color.
The short maceration on the skins and the limited aging period allow to enhance the characteristic aromas of this variety. The wine is in fact characterized by hints of red fruit, violet, strawberry and morello cherry. The Barbera that is found in the lower part of this vineyard is less exposed to the sun and retains more acidity, thus bringing freshness to this wine.