Cherasco – Senator Domenico Fracassi began the commercial production of wine from vineyards owned by the family of his mother, Maddalena Ratti Mentone at the turn of the last century. Until then, wines from the family vineyards were produced solely for the private consumption of the family.
Today the family’s wine growing estates in the Langhe hills are owned and managed by the former Senator’s nephew, Umberto Fracassi. He continues to use the label and family name of his great-grandmother. Traditionally, grapes grown in the family’s Langhe estates have been turned into wine in the cellars of the family compound within the historic center of the town of Cherasco.
More recently these cellars have been equipped with modern wine producing apparatus enabling the creation of wines of superior quality.
Langhe Favorita DOC – 2014
White 100% Favorita • Vines Average Age 10 years • Altitude 300 mt asl • South, South-West Exposure • Tufa- Limestone-Clay soil • Fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats and lasts for 15 days • Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks • at least 1 month of bottle fining before the release
"Ciabot Contessa" Barbera d'Alba DOC – 2014
100% Barbera • Vines Average Age 30 years • Altitude 250-300 mt asl • South, South-West Exposure • Tufa-Limestone-Clay Soil • Fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats and lasts for 20/25 days with the skins • from 24 up to 36 months of ageing in french barriques and 30-35Hl casks • 6 months of bottle fining before the release
Barolo "Mantoetto" DOCG – 2014
100% Nebbiolo • Vines Average Age 25 years • Altitude from 330 to 350 mt asl • South-East Exposure • Tortonian soils, rich in limestone and Pliocenic marlstones • Fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats and lasts for 30/40 days on the skins • Aged for 4 years in Slavonian, Allier and Never oak casks, holding 12-25-30-35 hectoliters • at least 1 month of bottle fining before the release