What is Italian style wine?
Why Italian style wine?
One of the interesting things about using Italian varieties to make wine is that the grapes tend to hold onto their natural acidity more than other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. The acids from these varieties tend to make a wine that is crisp and refreshing once released. In addition, varieties such as Nebbiolo can be aged for a considerable number of years due to the natural acids. My passion for Italian style wines began early on. Being raised as an Italian-American, my family had wine with dinner. It was part of the meal. This refreshing character found in the varieties we use, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo for example, complement food meals extremely well. In addition, by “Italian style” we mean we tend to use less new oak and more neutral vessels to allow the fruity characters to play more of an important role. Many of our barrels are 5-6 years old, allowing the fruity esters of Primitivo or Barbera to be more upfront than other wine styles, where oak– often too much oak– is the dominant “spice” than the variety itself.