TECHNICAL SHEET

Stërmà
name:
Stërmà[stǝr’mɔ]
denomination:
Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC Superiore
year:
2016
variety:
Nebbiolo 100%
VINEYARD
 
location:
Vigna Chiesa (regional cru since 2017)
county:
Monforte d'Alba
MGA:
-
planted:
2002
surface:
1,60 ha total || 1,02 ha under Stërmà̀
yield:
63 hL/ha
harvest:
07/10/2016
VINIFICATION:
Cold soak after crushing for 3 days. Traditional vinification in stainless steel tank with temperature contro for 6 days. Maceration after the end of the fermentation for 14 days.
mlf:
in stainless steel tank
AGEING:
14 months in French & East European oak botti (20 & 30 hL).
bottling:
08/03/2018 (Lot L0318066NS)
production:
7191 numbered bottles (599 cases) 636 numbered magnums (1,5 l).
ANALYSES
 
alc.% vol.
14,77%
pH:
3,60
total acidity:
5,28 g/L
volat. acidity:
0,79 g/L
resid. sugars:
0,5 g/L
total SO2:
60 mg/L
dry extract:
29,2 g/L

The vineyard: is our biggest one - located in Monforte d’Alba with about 5 ha under vines. In 2017 it was classified as “regional cru of Piedmont” under the name Vigna Chiesa. A popular local “urban legend” affirms that part of the lands of Monforte d’Alba were cut off the Barolo zone after 1971 in order to include a piece of land belonging to Cherasco. It was also assumed that the Chiesa vineyard used to be inside Barolo. With time we figured out that the Chiesa Nebbiolo was quite different from his Langhe brothers. Located on a West facing hill and on «cold» clayy soils this is the last Nebbiolo vineyard to start vegetation and to be harvested. In terms of polyphenols extraction it beats some of our Barolos. And after 4 years of aging it can be easily mistaken for a Barolo. Thus in 2014 the Stërmà concept was born - an «out of the limits» Nebbiolo of Barolo quality, or, in other words, our «hidden Barolo». The spring of 2018 brought us the 2nd edition of Alessandro Masnaghetti’s «Barolo MGA» book, where the renowned barologist published a histroical survey of the denomination which showed that its borders have never been touched. The history has changed, but not the quality of our Stërmà!

The wine: only the best lots of the Chiesa Nebbiolo go into the Stërmà blend. We’ve been working on bringing the Chiesa vineyard to optimal health and raise the production in quantity and quality since we exist. The mythical year 2016 produced an abundant vintage of very high quality, it was the first time our Chiesa vineyard came to full production, thus more lots were chosen for the Stërmà blend.

The name: the word «stërmà» in Piedmontese language stands for «hidden». Also there’s a popular phrase binding this word with the word «nebia» (fog), where the name of the variety comes from: «Vàte stërmé ‘nt la nebia», literally meaning «go hide yourself in the fog». And we’d better leave its real meaning to your own interpretation.

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