14 vineyards situated in the municipality of Barbaresco. The land, at a height between 250 and 330 metres above the sea level, covers a surface of 21.4 hectares. The plants are 40 years old on average.The grapes coming from each single vineyard, seprately undergo fermentation, maceration and ageing in oak for 12 months. Then they are blended and further aged in oak for another 12 months.
1996 – "Close to harvest time, we were skeptical about quality and we had the impression that the berries were too big. There was too much rain but there were some promising signs.
It is important in my work to walk in the vineyards fifteen to twenty days before harvest and to taste the grapes. Analysis is important, yes. But you cannot rely exclusively on technology and exclude the producers. Walking in the vinyeards in harvest time and tasting and squeezing the berries to see their color.
In 1996, the juice had a very deep color, not unusual for Nebbiolo, and the color of the seeds was perfect."