Why we love it
This wine is intended as a remake of an old grape blend called "San Marzano."
Pacifico was the nickname of the previous owner of these old vines, who, as the name suggests, was used to livening up local celebrations playing his violin.
The grapes come from different vineyards in l'Armangia's estate, mostly having a South-East exposure.
These vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Freisa and Barbera...
The beginning of harvest can fall between Sept. 10th and Oct. 8th, based upon the weather pattern of the season.
Traditional vinification in steel and oak vats is immediately followed by the first racking and by the storage of 100% of the product in oak casks having a capacity of 300 or 2,000 litres each. A second racking is performed between November and February, based upon the wine's evolution, while the third takes place in late July, the following year.
The wine can last from 8 to 12 years, depending on the vintage and proportionally to alcohol, extract, colour and acidity.
This Monferrato Rosso DOC "Pacifico" has a crimson red colour changing to garnet red after 5/6 years of ageing.
Its bouquet is full of dark currants, violet, with liquorice hues. It is complex with a good structure. It displays good tannins and a remarkable balance.
Serving temperature: 18-20°C.
The artisan who made it
The L’Armangia winery have been making wines in Canelli, Piedmont, from 1850, and today they are amongst the top wineries of the area particularly with regard to growing and producing Barbera d’Asti and Moscato D’Asti. Ignazio, the owner and winemaker, is not your conventional winemaker, he knows his grapes as if they are his own sons and daughters and he knows what they can produce and he firmly believes in the Barbera d’Asti grape, but also grow a variety of other grapes including Albarossa, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a very small vineyard of Pinot Nero that makes an amazing wine.