Crotin Freisa d'Asti Cisero
Brilliant, translucent ruby in the glass, this red opens with aromas of tart raspberries, red cherries, and under-ripe strawberries. Underlying notes of blossom and a distinct earthiness hint at the parental relationship to Nebbiolo, but this has more freshness and lifted red fruit.
Imagine the flavour profile of great Nebbiolo with about half the tannic structure, and you'll be in the neighbourhood of what this Freisa tastes like. Fresh berry notes abound, and though the fine-grained tannins and tart acidity are present, they're secondary to the juicy fruit flavours. There's a serious savoury note here as well though, along with an earthiness that will only become more pronounced with age.
A great Barolo substitute, this pairs beautifully with the earthiness of sautéed wild mushrooms, venison ragù, or anything with truffles!
Aromas and Flavours
A sweet, almost caramel-like aroma reminiscent of your favourite juicy, red berry.
Juicy dark berries picked straight from the bush, with a subtle hint of leaf and earthiness.
Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!
The smell of a freshly rolled cigar, slightly sweet, and earthy - just like Grandpa's hugs.
When was the last time you raked up all the leaves in your yard and jumped in the pile?
Handling and Serving
2022 - 2035
You may know that many grape species are genetically related (Cabernet Sauvignon is famously the offspring grape of parents Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc), but did you know that one of Nebbiolo's parent grapes is called Freisa? Neither did we, at least not until we tasted this intriguing example from Crotin! While Nebbiolo is Piedmont's most important red grape, Freisa has been all but lost to history, and has only recently received some much-needed attention (and re-planting). Crotin 1897 is owned by brothers Federico, Marcello, and Conrad Russo, who are dedicated to protecting their land through a commitment to holistic organic farming. In addition to Freisa, the brothers have also resurrected plantings of Grignolino, Albarossa, Bussanello, and Malvasia Moscata, all near-forgotten indigenous varieties. Their small-production (only 600 bottles made!) Freisa can be enjoyed now but will age beautifully for another 10-13 years. Decant after opening and serve at about 18 C.
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