From 30 year old vines planted to .86 hectares of clay, sand and silty soils. The grapes are hand-harvested (Chardonnay in mid-Sept, Cortese end of August), all vineyard sorted and spend four weeks on the skins along with spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel under temperature control with ambient yeasts. The wine spends six months on the lees with stirring every week. Unfiltered.
Castello di Stefanago is the result of generations of grapes: The Baruffaldis have strived to maintain respect for the terroir as well as the earth in their winemaking. The winery is located in Lombardy in the Oltrepo Pavese hills at between 320 and 470 meters above sea level. The cellars are in the castle which still remains from the fourteenth century in the center of the property, around which there are about eighteen hectares of vines and 135 hectares of meadows, forests, orchards, and arable land. Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi have long followed organic farming, striving to achieve healthy, natural grapes, which are harvested at the appropriate level of maturity and reflect the terroir on which they are grown. In the cellar, the Baruffaldis keep in mind the natural inclinations of each must, of the natural evolution of each cuvé, using barrels of various woods and sizes. The vineyard currently produces Riesling Renano, Pinot Grigio, Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Croatina (Bonarda), Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlo, Uva Rara, and Pinot Nero.
Grapes: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Cortese
Tasting: Juicy apricot, peach and flowers, crisp dry finish
Pairing: Cajun french fries, hard cheeses