Grape: Barbera, Negretto, Sangiovese
Vintage: NV - blend from difference vintages
Viticulture: Biodynamic Farming / Natural Wine
Vinification: A non-vintage wine drawn from a big old concrete vat which contains a blend of Barbera, Negretto, Sangiovese and a small percentage of international varieties. It comes from different vineyards of various ages and includes a little of every year back to 2008. The wines have been made in different ways and in different vessels. The majority of the blend is made up of wine from the most recent vintage and the vat is constantly being topped up with young wine to prevent oxidation.
This has a rather fascinating combination of bright fruit, great acidity and an earthy, savoury character from vintages which are now a decade old. As befits a wine from Emilia, it screams for a hunk of salami and a good piece of cheese.
Federico Orsi’s biodynamic farm is in a beautiful part of the Colli Bolognesi, just outside Bologna. These hills were known locally for producing great wines for many years, before the local grapes and this humble appellation fell out of favour with drinkers, leading to many leaving their farms to seek jobs in the city.
In the cantina, Federico is always experimenting, fermenting and ageing in all sorts of vessels in countless ways. The end goal is the same, to make wines which are honest, delicious and representative of the territory. In short, the kind of wines you’ll want to drink each and everyday.