Coste di Rose is a prestigious hill with full eastern exposure located in the community of Barolo, just in front of the Bussia hill in Monforte. Coste di Rose is characterized by a very steep slope (more than 40%) which allows the perfect maturation of the Nebbiolo clusters, extremely demanding in terms of light and heat. Even if the hill is from the Helvetian geological age, curiously the soil quality is moderately calcareous (this originated from the marine deposits uplift, which are still found through regular agricultural maintenance) and very rich in quartzite sand, fine limestone and just a small amount of clay. These peculiar characteristics confer to the Nebbiolo vines an intense and fine aroma that brings to mind hints of wild mint.
Low Guyot trellised system is used.
The grapes are quickly taken to the cellar where they are destalked and softly pressed to extract from the peel and the outer area of the grape only the most noble and aromatic fractions. Fermentation, at controlled temperature, takes place in thermo-conditioned tanks. Maceration of the skins lasts 10 days, during this time the fermenting wine is regularly recycled from the bottom to the top of the tank in order to take all the elements present on the skins and to extract the color slowly and softly. Once the fermentation is finished the natural sugars of the grapes are totally converted to alcohol. The wine is then racked into cement tanks, which are lined with fiberglass and insulated by cork. Here the wine keeps the post-fermentation temperature of 22 °C for a long time. In this way, malolactic fermentation begins spontaneously and is completed within 2 months.
The wine is initially aged for 2 years: a part in Slavonian oak barrels (30 or 36 hectoliters / 789 or 947 U.S. gallons), and the other part in small French oak barrels (225 liters / 59 U.S. gallons) slightly toasted. The vineyard finds again its unity by assembling the wine in the traditional big oak barrels and ends the fining in the bottle for 12 months, before going into the market. The Barolo Coste di Rose reaches its maturity after 4 years from the harvest and matures further between 4 and 20 years.
Ruby-red colour tending to garnet. Intense perfume with clean scents of roses, liquorice, spices and aromatic herbs, in particular wild mint. Full, elegant, and full-bodied flavour with recurring hints of the olfactory sensations. The soft color and the structure confirm it as an immediately pleasant, balanced and harmonious Barolo.
This wine is well-matched with typical appetizers from Langhe: raw meat, the vegetable flan, eggs with truffles. Excellent with tajarin (Piedmont spaghetti), roasts, cheeses of sheep and goat milk and cheeses mildly seasoned.