Accornero - Monferrato Freisa La Bernardina
The Accornero estate was founded in 1897 but entered the modern winemaking age with current owner Ermanno Accornero’s father Giulio, who started making wine in the mid-1950s. It stands right in the middle of the Basso Monferrato region delimited by the the Po River (north), Tanaro River (south), and the towns of Alessandria (east) and Asti (West). The Monferrato landscape is predominantly hilly. Its soils date back to the Tertiary period, when they emerged from the sea that occupied the “Pianura Padana” (the Po Valley). The soils are made up of sandstone and limestone marl layers of the Miocene era. These are the so-called “Terre Bianche” (white soils) where fossil shells can easily be found.
Organic. Freisa is the closest relative to Nebbiolo. It is widely cultivated throughout Piedmont, being prevalent in nearly all red blends from the region. Although often made sweet and fizzy, Accornero produces a dry, still, complex and elegant version, which demonstrates the ageworthly quality of the varietal. Hand harvested. Vinified in stainless steel tank with indigenous yeasts. Aged in tanks for 12 months. No oak.
Freisa is widely cultivated throughout Piedmont and is the closest relative to Nebbiolo. Delicate nose with hints of raspberries, violet and dark plums, complemented by notes of fragrant herbs and spices. The taste of wine is full, intense, fairly fresh, harmonious, perfectly balanced, with juicy fruitiness, moderate acidity, well-integrated tannins and a long, persistent aftertaste.