O.P. Bonarda DOC “Ghiro Rosso d’inverno”
- Obtained entirely from our very best and oldest bonarda vines. We started barriqued bonarda with vintage 1993, when there were not many aged bonarda around. We were rather curious to discover how this dark, consistent wine, with its strong tannins, would interact with toasted wood.
- We liked the result and ‘Ghiro’ is made often, but not all vintages. We wait for those that follow an excellent season, when the grapes have ideal conditions for this product.
- This wine is made following our usual rules, and then put in barrique when malolactic fermentation is completed; time there varies on vintages and wood. We never use all new barriques.
- The “Ghiro” requires time to evolve, being rather ‘close’ and keeping to itself, with sometimes an excessive body. But it has its own personality, which can’t be tamed too much or too early without thwarting it.
- Despite the aging, it maintains a rich thick ruby colour. The nose is typical of this variety, made ampler and more elegant by the oak and its fragrances, but still a perfectly recognizable bonarda. Taste is very definite; a plump wine, with plenty of fruits, spices, and sturdy tannins. It keeps evolving with time, mellowing a bit.
- Serving temperature is 19-20°C. It couples with red meats, rich main courses, greasy and tasty sauces. We recommend that the bottle is opened in time, to let the wine breath, and possibly to decant it.