Why Be Curious? Trentatré / 33: Three syllables, three valleys, and three native varieties (Moscato Giallo, Nosiola, and Verdealbara).
Produttore / Producer: Vallarom is one of a few small producers in Trentino; most growers confer their grapes to the large ho-hum cooperatives. But things are changing, and the area is becoming more like Alto Adige – i.e. quality cooperatives and very interesting small producers. We know of no other producer using native yeasts and working so naturally as Filippo in Trentino. Lots of producers in the area let the vines hang long, collect them all at once and then acidify for that ‘alpine’ zing. Instead, Filippo tries to have perfect timing, picking at the cusp of juiciness to give delicious wines with natural acidity.
Vigna / Vineyard: Filippo spends 70% of his time in vigna, 20% in cantina, and 10% unaccounted for. Even when he uses the classic Bordeaux mixture, he applies it only when the winds are not strong, which is not often there.
Denominazione / Appellation: Vino Bianco.
Ettari / Hectares: 1 hectare.
Quota / Altitude: c. 230-280 m / 750-900 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Chalk and Dolomitic limestone with a little sand; this ‘natural’ cement is called kitsch in dialect.
Esposizione / Exposure: Southwest.
Vitigni / Varieties: 50% Moscato Giallo, 40% Nosiola, and 10% Verdealbara.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 33 and 14 year old vines (2014).
Allevamento / Trellis system: Guyot.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: End of September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Certified Organic by ICEA.
Resa / Yield: 6200 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 14-16 days in steel, controlled temperature.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes, with native bacteria right after the alcoholic fermentation.
Élevage: Large used wood.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Natural decant.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 52 mg/L total, 9 mg/L free.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 250 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 12%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle:Natural cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.