CODE: 3065

Riviera Ligure di Ponente Doc, Pigato “Domé”

Region

Dolcedo, Ponente Ligure (Liguria)

Grape variety

Pigato

Uomo

Tozzi family

Winery

Vis Amoris

Grape Variety
It is the white grape variety typical of the Ponente vineyards of Liguria (the western part of the great gulf). The Pigato has genetic affinities with the Vermentino; during maturation it has a golden, almost amber color with many dark spots (“”pigato”” in the local dialect means dotted with spots). Pigato wines have fruity bouquets, which subsequently evolve into herbaceous scents, often of officinal herbs. Acidity and sapidity are the typical features when tasted. Grillo wines are generally characterized by high acidity and noteworthy aromatic intensity, very persistent even in the aftertaste. It manages to transmit flavor to the wines.
Terroir
The terraced vineyards have soils with different compositions. In the lower part the soils are mainly clayey and richer in organic matter. In the upper part (around 100 masl) the soil is mainly rocky, with lamellar schist in decay. The exposure is in a South-West direction, the distance from the sea is less than two kilometers. The vineyards overlook a small and narrow valley, completely uninhabited, with a South-North direction. This direction results in a continuous breeze, which changes direction twice a day, creating a very dry micro-climate.
Uomo
The hinterland of the Liguria region is characterized by hills with steep slopes, the cultivation of vineyards and olive groves is made possible thanks to the construction of terraces supported by dry stone walls. Planting of these vineyards meant first of all a landscape restoration, with the renovation of the ancient walls. Tozzi brothers have concentrated the vineyards on the south-west facing side, which benefits best from the rising and falling currents. To obtain this wine, they carry out the combined vinification of grapes coming from the lower terraces with those coming from the higher terraces.
Vinification and finishing
After harvesting in boxes, grapes are checked and selected manually. A soft pressing follows and fermentation with spontaneous yeasts present in the environment starts. Vinification at controlled temperature, with aging of the wine for a few months on its own fine lees.
Tasting notes
Straw yellow color. The first hints are of acidulous exotic fruits, such as pineapple; the bouquet evolves into delicate but aromatic herbaceous hints, such as basil. Wine with excellent structure that balances the sensation of sapidity, good acidity and fruity sensations. Very intense and long; it has a delicate aftertaste of bitter almond.
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