The vineyard: apart from Vigna Chiesa, our main vineyard in Monforte d’Alba that always supplies us with the grapes for our rosé, this year we picked the first harvest from the new plantings in Castagni MGA in La Morra. That’s where the Pelaverga comes from (Castagni is part of Verduno Pelaverga DOC too).
The varieties: our first harvest of Pelaverga revealed that it’s a highly productive variety but not all bunches come to complete ripness despite 2 thinnings («green harvests») and 1 harvesting for spumante (where you need unripe grapes). So at the winery we did a thorough selection and pressed separately the unripe grapes for rosé. We fermented the Grignolino and the filed mix in «partial orange» like in 2015 as we liked the result very much. The Freisa spumante base was added in order to spin up the freshness.
The wine: as the wine was produced mostly from the excess grapes (2016 was a very high yield vintage) or from those that did not qulify for DOC it’s released like «vino rosato» (without DOC). We also opted for the «Provence style», with some residual sugar, but with the typical Piedmontese acidity.
The name: «carina» in Italian means «lovely», but written with a «K» becomes a girl’s name.
The label: the magnolia flower is a symbol of tenderness and elegance.