Wine Reviews

PietraNova 1698 2017 – PietraNova

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Written by Piero Pardini

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PietraNova is located in Tuscany in Bolgheri D.O.C., one of the most prestigious areas for the production of wines of the highest value and quality, recognized all over the world.
Located in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci, the company was known as Casa al Piano. The old farmhouse, now used as a farmhouse, dates back to 1698, as evidenced by the engraving on the stone tile visible on one of the walls of the structure.
In 2013, the entrepreneur Franco Pravettoni, who has always been in love with Tuscany, took over the company: thus PietraNova was born, where “Pietra” stands for the preservation of the company’s history and tradition, “Nova” for the recent change.

Owner: Franco Pravettoni
Oenological management: Dr. Barbara Tamburini
Agronomic management: Dr. Fabio Burroni
Viticulture: in biological conversion
Vineyard hectares: 5
Bottles produced: 30,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 1698

Wine: PietraNova 1698
Variety composition: Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon.
Alcoholic strength: 14.5%.
Vintage: 2017.
Denomination: Bolgheri D.O.C.
Production area: Castagneto Carducci (Bolgheri DOC production area)
Climate: Mediterranean climate, microclimate characterized by the proximity of the sea and the protection of the Metalliferous hills to the east, by mild winters, hot, dry and breezy summers thanks to the sea breezes.
Soil structure: loose, deep, gravelly and well-drained soils.
Plant density: 5,500 plants per hectare.
Training system: spurred cordon and guyot.
Average age of the vines: 2000 plants.
Yield per hectare: 60 q / ha.
Vinification: manual harvest and selection of the bunches. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (T ° = 28 ° c). Malolactic fermentation in the same tanks.
Aging: 12 months in 3rd and 4th passage French oak barriques and 12 months in bottle.

PietraNova 1698 2017 - PietraNova

© PietraNova

Visual exam
Clarity: limpid
Color: ruby red
Consistency: consistent
Remarks: almost impenetrable with purple reflections.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: moderately complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity and spicy
Observations: the sample opens with notes of dried red flowers, followed by an effluvium of fruity scents reminiscent of black currant, blackberry and blueberry, spicy closure of black peppercorns and cloves. A delicate balsamic nuance concludes the bouquet of perfumes.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: tannic
Minerality: moderately minerals
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Lenght: long
Quality: good

Final remarks
State of Evolution: mature
Harmony: harmonious

Pairings: veal shank with porcini mushrooms.

Pietra Nova
Società Agricola Tringali-Casanuova srl
Azienda e agriturismo
Località Casa al Piano, 68
57022 Castagneto Carducci (LI)
Phone +39 0565 774101


About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".