ERBALUCE DI CALUSO
Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG
Straw yellow-colored and still, this wine features bright and light green nuances and brilliant limpidity when it is young. Its delicate bouquet offers aromas of wild flowers, in particular, of acacia and whitethorn. Fresh and dry on the palate. The sensations returning on the palate are supported by savouriness, which softens into slightly almond-flavored notes on the finish. Erbaluce’s distinguishing feature is its great ageing ability. After three or four years of ageing, this wine shines in all its complexity and structure: all the extremely interesting mineral and tertiary notes come running into play.
The wine’s aromas and delicate structure are enhanced if paired with equally delicate dishes, such as vegetable frittatas, frog risotto or Canavesana soup, made with head cabbage and meat stock. It is a full-bodied wine which goes wonderfully also with fried meat and fish.
It is best enjoyed at the end of the meal accompanied by fresh tomino cheese.
Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante DOCG
It can be made by using exclusively the traditional method. The grape variety’s characteristics make it perfect for the sparkling process. Acidity and structure are the key components of a top-quality sparkling wine and Erbaluce has them both. The wine shows a light and persistent foam, delicate perlage and a pale straw-yellow color. The bouquet is delicate and distinctive, dry on the palate with fruity and floral notes. This wine makes a perfect pre-dinner drink, but it also pairs well with fish-based dishes, such as trout carpaccio and whitefish tartare.
Erbaluce di Caluso Passito DOCG
Erbaluce grapes undergo a drying process in well-ventilated rooms, the so-called passitaie, where they are spread out on rush matting or hung to dry for about 5 months (time of drying process runs from harvest date to the month of February following harvesting). In March, the pressing begins. According to wine regulations, a minimum of three years (4 years if it’s Erbaluce di Caluso Passito Riserva) have to pass from the first day of November following harvest date for the wine to be sold. The Passito version brings all this grape variety’s versatility and quality out. This wine features a great potential for ageing: 30 or even 40-year-old bottles are incredibly enjoyable.
The wine shows a color ranging from golden yellow to amber, brilliant limpidity, elegant and vaguely ethereal aromas. Its sweet flavours, recalling honey, fruit preserve, dried and candied fruit aromas, make it the ideal pairing with strongly-flavored cheese such as Roquefort or Castelmagno. It goes well with traditional local cookies such as amaretti, baci di dama, canestrelli, butter torcetti, duchessa biscuits and meliga pastries.