Rocca di Castagnoli
The Le Pratola vineyard is located at 400 meters above sea level and is well-exposed to the sun, but well-protected when the sun is at its maximum intensity. The temperature change at night promotes slow and well-balanced maturation, with sweet tannins and complex extracts. The soil, which is rich in Galestro stone, is well-drained and provides minerality and natural acid tones.
GRAPE VARIETY 100% Merlot
VINEYARD Le Pratola
SOIL Medium-textured, rich in rock fragments typical of the Alberese area and limestone.
VINEYARD SIZE 4 ha
VINEYARD AGE 20 years old
AVERAGE ALTITUDE 400m a.s.l.
VINEYARD DENSITY 5000 vines/hectare
AVERAGE YIELD PER PLANT 1kg
CULTIVATION/PRUNING Spur pruning
HARVEST First half of October
MACERATION At a temperature of about 28°C for 10/12 days
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION In steel
AGING At least 18 months in barriques at various stages, then at least 6 months in steel and 1 year in the bottle.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION About 7,000 bottles
SENSORY PROFILE Le Pratola is a perfectly balanced red wine with a very concentrated ruby red color with violet hues. The nose features striking notes of black cherry, followed by hints of chocolate, cinnamon, tobacco and black pepper. Very soft and meaty on the palate, thanks to the delicate tannins. Very lingering finish.
PAIRING Grilled meat and medium-aged cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE 16°C.