ITALIAN PINOT NOIR PERFECTION
PINOT NERO OLTREPO PAVESE DOC 2021 BY CARILLO
Many would argue that outside of Burgundy, the North of Italy (along with Oregon) is home to the terroir best suited for the production of delicious and expressive Pinot Noir.
The tiny sub-region of “Oltrepo Pavese” is situated in Lombardy and is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Many connoisseurs don’t even know about it. Very few people are aware of just how great the wines from this part of the world can be.
Whether looking at this wine as a lover of all things Italian, or a committed Pinotphile (or both!) this wine is a must-have. This bottling perfectly balances plump Italian rusticity with Pinot’s more delicate structure and adds a friendly price-tag for the win. Carillo is my go-to bottle to bring to dinner parties. Being a lighter style of red, Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese Doc 2021 is quite versatile and easy drinking. It pairs with everything and is a bona-fide crowd pleaser. The perfect red for a rapturous evening with the gang!
PINOT NERO OLTREPO PAVESE DOC 2021: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Light-bodied / Juicy, floral, fruity, mineral / Unoaked
SWEETNESS / Extra-Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
FOOD PAIRING / Duck breast, Pasta, Suckling Pig, Veal roasted, White Meat. Try with roast chicken, squab or a rack of lamb, served pink. Rare fillet steak and carpaccio, Beef Wellington, Roast pork with herbs and fennel would also do the trick.
TASTING NOTE / The Carillo Pinot Nero is a brilliant ruby red colour with intense aromas of wild berries and spicy notes. The palate is fresh, fruity, fragrant and well-balanced. A beautiful example and fully reflective of the grape variety. This wine spends 9 months in stainless steel followed by at least 4 additional months in the bottle prior to release.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Located 100km south of Milan, this area produces primarily Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir). The Oltrepò is often overlooked by tourists and wine lovers in favour of more famous locations like Tuscany and – as a result – is quietly beautiful, remarkably authentic, and thankfully untouched.
“Frecciarossa” is located amidst some of the prettiest wine landscape anywhere in the world. Much of Lombardy’s wine country is breathtaking. They are one of the greatest and oldest producers in Northern Italy, tracing its roots back to the 18th century.
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