Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC

Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC

Ormeasco is a red grape grown in the Liguria since the Fourteenth Century. Ormeoasco di Pornassio is an old red stem variety of Dolcetto that is thought to have been first imported from Piedmont by the Saracens in 1000 AD, to the neighboring Ormea area (a village located in the Ligurian Alps).

In 1303, the Marchese di Clavesana ordered the podestà of Pornassio to start growing the Dolcetto vine (of Piemontese origin) in 1303. The Marchese had realized that this was the only vine which could grow at that altitude (1,950 to 2,600 feet above sea level). Ormea had also been a Saracen base and it has been suggested that Saracen raids helped the importation of this vine from the Alba district (in Piedmont) to Liguria.

Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC was recognized in September 2003. Ormeasco di Pornassio is different in respect to the Piemontese Dolcetto. Ormeasco wine has a more intense floral bouquet and a brighter color than Dolcetto from Piedmont but preserves the pleasant dark chocolate like bitterness found in Piemontese Dolcetto.

Endlessly juicy, this bountiful, beautiful red from the native Ormeasco grape blends aromas of blackberries, cherries and violets. The mouth is lush and fruity, with good grip and plenty of baking spices. An ideal wine for the table as its impeccable balance and freshness.

  • Region: Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC
  • Varietal: 100% Ormeasco (Dolcetto)
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Vineyard: 2 sites in Western Liguria
  • Vine Age: 33 years old
  • Yield: 2.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Loam with Sand and Calcareous Friable Rock
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
  • Production: 164 cases
Winery & Regional Information

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