Lodi Corazza 2017 'Venti' Pignoletto Frizzante, Colli Bolognesi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - DECANTsf

Lodi Corazza 2017 'Venti' Pignoletto Frizzante, Colli Bolognesi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Lodi Corazza 2017 'Venti' Pignoletto Frizzante, Colli Bolognesi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The Lodi family has been farming their land in the heart of Bologna since 1877, always using integrated farming practices to preserve the land's natural biodiversity. Since the 1950s, when the Lodi Corazza house was fully formed through marriage, the family has focused on traditional vineyard practices and modern winemaking techniques to help position the  the farm and winery as a hub of tourism in the area. Today, bother and sister team Cesare and Silvia, work to maintain the family's legacy of always respecting the land's indigenous plants and species, while still focusing on producing wines that are true to the family's rich history of vinification in the area.

'Venti' is a reference to the 20 years of work to restore the Pignoletto vineyard used to make this wine. 

 Winemaker: Cesare and Silvia Corazza

Varieties: 100% Pignoletto (Grechetto Gentile)

Farming: Organic 

Terroir: Red, iron-rich soils made of rocks and clay. 

Vinification: Hand-harvested in mid-September. Pressed grapes must undergoes Charmat method for 4-5 moths at controlled temperatures, with battonage sur lie during fermentation. 

Tasting Notes: Delicate notes of golden apples, orange blossom, wet chalk and acacia come together with a fine sparkling mousse to make this refreshing, high-acid, minerally and food-friendly wine!  

DECANTsf May 2021 Bottle Club Notes:

Lodi Corazza  | ‘Venti’  Pignoletto Frizzante | Colli Bolognesi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy2017

Have you ever heard of Pignoletto? If you haven't, don't be ashamed. It’s one of the thousands of Italian wine grapes that Cara and I have seldom come across in our careers, and never really gave much thought to. Native to the hills of Bologna, Pignoletto is an ancient variety that derives its name from the pine-cone (pigna) shape of its bunch while on the vine. In the appellation of Colli Bolognesi, it’s the most widely-planted white variety, and as of late, it's started to give Prosecco a run for its money! The grape’s natural acidity makes it a great candidate for sparkling wine production, but unlike Prosecco, Pignoletto can pick up a bit more complexity and funk, almost reminiscent of Chenin Blanc. This is SUMMER in a bottle, for not-your-average-wine-drinker...aka, YOU, our Explorer Club members! We tasted this wine last month, and it’s downright yummy. Savory, floral, tropical, and SPRITZY!

There aren’t many producers exporting sparkling Pignoletto as yet, but our friends at Five Flights Wine & Spirits scoured the hills of Emilia-Romagna to find one to import from an awesome little family-owned winery. Since the 1950s, when the Lodi Corazza house was fully formed through marriage, the family has focused on organic vineyard practices and modern winemaking techniques to help position the farm and winery as a hub of tourism in the area. Today, brother and sister team Cesare and Silvia work to maintain the family's legacy of always respecting the land's indigenous plants, while maintaining the family's rich history of vinification in the area. When they found out we were bringing this bottle to our club members, they were STOKED!

Enjoy this wine with cheese (chevre is great!), prosciutto, or anything else you’re snacking on while kicking off your afternoon or evening. It can also stand up to creamy asparagus pasta or simple backyard lounging. Don’t wait to drink this one (cuz it’s delicious and fresh). Get it cold and pull the cork!

—Simi Grewal


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