Case Corini - Barla
Note: 2011 is Late Harvest
Case Corini, situated in Costigliole d'Asti in Piedmont, is made of 14 hectares, of which 5 hectares is vineyards. The vineyards are between 60 and 90 years old, and have never been tilled, whether by horse or machine. The main variety that is grown is Barbera, then Nebbiolo and a few ancient local varieties. All the work has been done manually since the 1950's and the result can be felt just by walking on the soft soil, by the high volume of organic matter on its surface and by observing the great floral diversity that changes according to the season.
Great attention is paid at the harvest time. In the cellar fermentation is spontaneous in large wooden barrels and no additives are used . The wine is normally aged three years before bottling. The winery makes four wines from the different vineyards:
Barla (90% Barbera )
Bricco (65% Barbera )
Centin (90 % Nebbiolo)
Achille (50% Barbera and 50% Nebbiolo)
Case Corini builds upon the ideas developed by farmer and soil researcher Lorenzo Corino, author of several technical and scientific publications on the subject of wine. Lorenzo is a strong supporter of farming in closer harmony with the rural world and with particular attention to sustainable management methods. He believes we must rethink how winemaking and enology is done, and maintains that we must have greater respect for environmental and ethical values. His mindset is linked to the value of "soil capital" and the surrounding environment, as well as its optimal use to increase the health and taste properties of wine. The cultivation choice under the name of "Metodo Corino", focuses on promoting organic matter and biological life, valorisation and conservation of land use capacity, through interventions like restricting compaction and erosion. In this way a totally vegetal-based biodynamic cycle is achieved.