Barolo “Pernanno” DOCG

The Bongiovanni farmstead dates back to the early 1950s, when it was purchased by Giovanni Bongiovanni. Giovanni planted a Nebbiolo vineyard where there had been nothing but untamed woodland. He struck gold, yet never bottled his own wine. When he died, the estate was left to his daughter Olga who grew to cover prime hillside vineyards of the Langhe for her own wines. Here, the family only planted native grape varieties and one noble international grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. A good number of innovations have come about thanks to Olga’s nephew, winemaker Davide Mozzone. The Bongiovanni philosophy aims to minimize outside intervention and maximize character and terroir, steering clear of stereotypical wines. While not certified organic, the winery proudly participates in Piedmont’s Green Experience, which is a network of sustainable and organic growers.
Pernanno comes from a single Nebbiolo vineyard – only 2 hectares/about 5 acres – of the same name in Castiglione Falletto. Its southeastern exposure is perfectly suitable to the Nebbiolo variety. The grapes are harvested in the fall and after very careful selection and vinificaton, the wine ages in French oak barrique, some new, some used (the percentage of new and used barrique depends on the wine’s analysis after fermentation). It is raised for at least twenty-four months in oak and twelve months in bottle. Unclarified and unfiltered.


Wine exported to

USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Singapore

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Vinous Media93
  • 2014 | Wine Spectator93
  • 2015 | James Suckling94
  • 2014 | Vinous93
  • 2012 | Wine Enthusiast92
  • 2010 | Decanter91
  • 2010 | Wine Advocate92
  • 2010 | International Wine Cellar92
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Type of yeast:

Selected

Length of maceration:

10 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

None

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225 L

Container age:

New and used

Type of oak:

French

Bottling period:

March

Aging before bottling:

Min. 24 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard name:

Pernanno

Vineyard location:

Castiglione Falletto

Vineyard size:

2 hectares (5 acres)

Soil composition:

Silt and clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

380 meters (1,247 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,000-5,000 vines per hectare

Yield:

65 quintals reduced depending on the thinning

Exposure:

Southeast

Years planted:

1950, 1960, 1975, 1985

Age of vines:

35-45 -60 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid-October

First vintage of this wine:

1995

Total yearly production (in bottles):

4,000-5,000 bottles per year

Tasting notes:

Intense red with garnet highlights. Very complex bouquet with notes of tobacco and mint that burst forth on the palate, resulting in an ideal balance of robustness, elegance and roundness.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

This wine goes well with cheese and meat, particularly braised beef.

Aging potential:

15-25 years

Alcohol:

Alc. 14% by vol.

Winemaker:

Davide Mozzone