Oltrepò Pavese is an acclaimed viticultural area and producer of top still and sparkling wines just south of the Po River in the region of Lombardy. Its hills — ideal for fine wine production — lies at the foot of the Apennine mountains and its subsoils are characterized primarily by pebbles, sandstone, and clay, also ideal for the cultivation of fine wine grapes.
Frecciarossa is one of Oltrepò Pavese’s historic estates and can trace its roots back to the 18th century. The villa that stands on the property today was first built in the 19th century but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that the Odero family began to shift its focus to the production of fine wines. By the 2000s, the winery became a regular winner of the prestigious Three Glass award from the Gambero Rosso (the publication’s top honor).
Of note,when Prohibition ended in the States, in 1933, Frecciarossa was among the first Italian wines to appear on the American market and was issued Export Permit n. 19, i.e., the nineteenth Italian product to be granted the right to sell in the U.S.
Currently, the Frecciarossa estate covers nearly 25 hectares of which 20 are planted to vine. An additional 6 hectares have been replanted to vine but are not yet being used for the production of wine. The winery is a member of Slow Wine.
Grape varieties are as follows: Riesling Renano (Rhine Riesling), Pinot Nero, Coratina, Barbera, Uva Rara, and Merlot. Simple Guyot training is used for all grape varieties. Farming practices are aimed at finding the right balance of vigor and yield in the vineyards. For this reason, the plants are never “forced” using powerful fertilizers. Instead, the owners use organic compost to give the vines the nutrients they need. Wild grasses grow between the rows in order to create competition with the root system of the vines. The vines are planted at a high density per hectare, spur pruning is employed, and carefully selected fruit is dropped in order to reduce vigor and enhance the quality of the fruit to the greatest degree possible.
Aging: 12 Months in 30% New Oak
Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Nero. Ruby red color, tending towards orange-red. Aromas of red berries, vanilla, and licorice. On the palate, the wine is very elegant with a long-lasting fruity flavor and excellent tannins. Perfect alongside roasted and braised beef, aged cheese.
Gambero Rosso 2011: 3 Tre Bicchieri
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