Pievi Bolgheri Rosso
cigar box, intense fresh red fruit, Soft Tannins, violet
Cabernet Sauv 25%, Merlot 50%, Sangiovese 25%
A deep ruby red wine with intense aromas of fresh red fruit, violet and cigar box. On the palate fresh red fruit, with balsamical notes, ripened tannins, rich minerality and balance.
Pairing: all kind of meat, ham cheese, fresh and aged. Pasta dishes with rich sauce.
This wine marked the beginning of Fabio Motta's life and career as a wine grower. It is full of the Bolgheri terroir he loves: fruit character, soft and juicy. A lot of attention is given to the native Tuscan Sangiovese variety, which lends the wine complexity and lightness.
Each variety is harvested at full ripening by hand in small baskets. It is fermented in wooden barrels of 33 hl size with the natural yeasts only. The cap is pushed down by hand twice a day and in the first days of fermentation I often do delastages to let the must breathe.
The fermentation takes 2 weeks for each variety, after that the wine is blended and passes into 2 and 3 years old barriques where the malolactic fermentation runs naturally and rests for 12 months it is bottled without undergoing any filtration or fining. The bottle is closed with a “extra” quality natural cork from Sardinia.
We met Fabio Motta a few years ago on one of the regular Vinitaly trips, he had just started making wines and we were intrigued. His first Pievi was a hit with us and our customers. This year was high time to import his wines again.
From the producer’s website:
Driven by a great passion for wine and for the work of the artisan “vignaiolo” and with a degree in agriculture and five years of experience working at Michele Satta’s winery, I embarked on my own journey into the world of winemaking. My first vineyard, Le Pievi, is nearly twenty years old and is perfectly situated in the foothills of Castagneto Carducci.
The vines stretch over about 4 hectares of land with excellent soil. Shortly after beginning I purchased another two-hectare vineyard that produces top-quality white grapes, (mostly Vermentino) in the “Le Fornacelle” area.
In 2012, I also purchased the vineyard Le Gonnare, whose name means “washerwomen“ (because it is located at the foot of an ancient waterway where women used to wash clothes). Le Gonnare, a north-oriented vineyard, is composed of torrential deposits, full of ancient fossils and deep and rich in clay. It is a cool spot, which allows for a very late ripening of the grapes.
In total I work with about 7 hectares- this small scale allows me to handle every little step of the cultivation and winemaking myself.
Winegrowing is a humble job.
It has always intrigued me that the word “humble” comes from “humus“ or earth, meaning something close to the land. I believe that in order to succeed the winemaker must be humble, and close to the earth. Be the observer- do not force your vision into reality. I must let the terroir, and the qualities of the land I am cultivating, express itself, so that all the work in the vineyard and in the cellar can be transferred into the glass.
My land is Bolgheri. This strip of soil facing the sea has enormous viticultural potential. The summer’s evening breezes protect the grapes from any moisture as the harvest is approaches. Autumns are long and warm.
The vines have the opportunity to absorb every last drop of sunlight until the last moment or each sunset. We obtain perfectly ripened grapes which reflect the harmony of our terroir, all of which is felt in the wines, which are full-bodied, but elegant and deep.
Fortunately, there are many good winemakers here, both large and small, exploring this treasure of a region with dedication and commitment. I believe the best of Bolgheri has yet to come…http://www.mottafabio.it/