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Podere Il Carnasciale produces two wines, both from the Caberlot variety and both in extremely small quantities. Il Caberlot is unfiltered and bottled (manually) exclusively in magnums, which spend an additional 18 months in the cellar prior to release. The second wine, Carnasciale, is released in 750 ml bottles after 6 months additional ageing, though the wine undergoes the same vinification and care as Il Caberlot. The selection is made after tasting each barrel blind to ensure the highest quality prior to bottling. The more ‘approachable’ wines are bottled as Carnasciale while the most complex wines, those that fully express themselves only after years of age, are bottled as Il Caberlot.
Upon arrival at the cellar, the grapes are left to cool and, after destemming, begin fermentation in small stainless steel vats (10hl) with temperatures maintained below 30°C. The cap is punched down twice daily, also by hand, in order to allow the most contact possible between the skins and the juice. A philosophy of minimally invasive enology is applied at Il Carnasciale, allowing the fruit, the vintage and the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard to play the leading role. The malolactic fermentation in barrel is followed by 22 months ageing in French barriques, of which 70% are new, one third each Allier, Vosges and Tronçais oak, medium toast. The selection and implementation of barriques is approached with the same consideration applied to all other aspects of production, and frequent on-site tastings are conducted together with the coopers to work toward finding the ideal synergy between the barrel and the wine.