"Croatina, Barbera and Ughetta di Solinga. Total time on the skins was eight days. Aged for six months in concrete tanks. Organic.
Impenetrable dark ruby. Totally captivating nose of forest fruit and sour cherry with an undertow of stalky spiciness. Vibrant, full, cherry and dark-fruit palate with supple tannins. The new generation that doesn't come a minute too early to rescue this ancient DOC. Enjoyment factor = max. 17+/20 points. (WS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Blend: 60% Croatina, 30% Barbera, 10% Ughetta di Canneto. Terroir: Oltrepo Pavese is located in the far southwestern corner of Lombardia, a sort of appendage that is scrunched between Piemonte and Emilia Romagna. The communes of Buttafuoco are located about 100 miles directly east of Torino and 40 miles south of Milano, within two valleys. Picchioni’s steep vineyards are located in the Solinga Valley (Sun Valley), an amphitheater with an east end opening that holds in the sun’s heat longer than other areas in the region. The result of the heat is stressed vines that render wines of strength and depth, with the shoulders and tannins provided by Croatina and the acidic drive and bright intensity from Barbera - together an extremely compelling pair. Picchioni’s organically farmed Buttafuoco vineyards are steep and mostly face south and southwest and reach altitudes of up to 220 meters, prime for still red wines. The Solinga valley is full of wild, dense forest and this is felt and tasted in the nuances and energy of his wines.