Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inama Carmenere Piu (2006) Veneto


A plush Italian red wine from Inama, a thirty hectare winery located in the heart of the Soave Classico district. In the 1990’s Inama decided to expand production to include red wines and, after much research, settled on the Colli Berici, 10 miles east of Soave in the neighboring province of Vicenza. ‘PiĆ¹’ which means ‘more’ in Italian is an apt name for the wine, as it contains more then just Carmenere (introduced in the region in the 19th century). The wine also contains 20% Merlot and 5% Raboso Veronese. All three varieties are 100% de-stemmed by Punjab laborers. Inama utilizes Indian labor because they work in "Inama's" way, with "no preconceptions or local cultural heritage" which Inama feels are often responsible for the lack of growth of many local enterprises - I'm not so sure about that. The wine is aged in used 225 Liter French oak barriques for 12 months. A final racking is followed by a gentle pad filtration before bottling. The wine is un-fined. Vivid ruby color. Dark fruit nose. Full body, smooth tannins. Very enjoyable.

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