From the vineyard called “Vigna Campo Piano,” the vines are approximately 28 years old and planted to 2.6 hectares of clay soils. The grapes are selected one month before harvest, and allowed to macerate for 10 hours in stainless steel. Harvesting is done in two passes, the first is used to build the ambient yeast for the remainder that is to be harvested. The entire fermentation lasts a total of 20 days under temperature control. Aged for six months on the lees with stirring every three days in stainless steel. Lightly filtered.
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.
100% Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio, a tannic white, uses the same process as a red when made in the traditional manner, with the grape skins left in tanks during fermentation, producing a vibrant orange hue. With the invention of the grape press, producers were able to avoid this process to meet rising consumer demand for Pinot Grigio. What had formerly taken anywhere from five days to three weeks, depending on the desired vinification, could now be accomplished far more quickly, this efficient separation of grape skins from their juice giving us the white translucent variety of Pinot Grigio we’re accustomed to finding in most wine stores and restaurants. But what winemakers gained in expediency, cost-cutting, and increased productivity they may have lost in flavor, nutritional properties, aroma, and, of course, color.
From 29 year old vines planted on 2.6 hectares of clay soils. 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.
Tasting: Citrus, apricot, peach and black tea notes
Pairing: herbed mushrooms, hard cheeses, shellfish