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WINERY: Societa’ Agricola Fratelli Alessandria
WINEMAKERS: Alessandro and Vittore Alessandria
REGION: ITALY • Piedmont • Verduno
APPELLATION: Verduno Pelaverga DOC
BLEND: 100% Pelaverga piccolo
VINEYARDS: A selection from vineyards in Verduno: ‘Riva Rocca’ (southeastfacing, at 710-960 feet); ‘Campasso’ (east-facing, at 750-1,050 feet);
‘Boscatto’ (east-facing, at 750-1,050 feet); ‘Neirane’ (west-facing, at 990-
1,200 feet); ‘Sotto Orti’ (west-facing, at 810-930 feet) and ‘Galleria’ (westfacing, at 750-840 feet). Local soils are called “marne di Sant’Agata,” a mix
of sand and clay with a high proportion of limestone, unique to Verduno.
AGE OF VINES: 20 years, on average
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested in late September. Destemmed and
fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel
tanks. Aged in tank for six months, then two months in bottle.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, rosemary
flowers, light pepper. Suave and juicy, with light tannins.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; with grilled white meats; salumi
NOTES: The red Pelaverga grape is native to Verduno; there are less than a
dozen local producers who craft pure Pelaverga wines. Often served with a
light chill. Locals say Pelaverga wines are an aphrodisiac!