Munaloss is a red wine from Alto Piemonte resulting from the blend of Nebbiolo, Croatina and Barbera.
Drink it with pork of any kind, cured or cooked. Munaloss invites glugging, but Alpine hiker style rather than couch potato style. Hit the trail with salame, wine bottle, and corkscrew in your rucksack.
Even if sidewalks and dining rooms are more your style, you won’t be disappointed – by the wine or by its price. Use it as you would an easygoing, high-toned Langhe Nebbiolo (rather than the more ambitious Baby Barolo or Baby Barbaresco styles of Langhe Nebbiolo). Open, drink, repeat.
Why have we selected this wine?
Vineria main goal is to discover exciting wine from lesser know (sometimes secret) wine areas. This wine is mirroring our mission.
The vines were originally planted on the southern slopes of the mountainside because the sandy damp soil of the valley floor is not well suited for agriculture, while the mountainous microclimate, mitigated by the nearby lake district, created an ideal wine growing environment with its day and night temperature variance offering a desirably slow maturation of the grapes and enriching the wine with extraordinary aromas. The vineyards are on small terraced plots, the majority of which are still grown in the traditional “toppia” or pergola system supported by ancient stone columns.
The intensive labor required for wine cultivation has only been carried forward thanks to the local farmers who continued to produce wine for personal use for all of those years, and who now bring the grapes to the Cantine.
Cantine Garrone hails from the heart of one of the wildest and most secluded Alpine valleys of extreme Northern Piemonte, right near the Sempione Pass on the border with Switzerland, called the VAL D'OSSOLA ('Ossolanum' as the Romans used to call it, meaning "high ground").
Family owned and operated for generations, Cantine Garrone acts as the only cooperative winemaking and commercialising facility for the myriad of mountain grape growers that are scattered throughout the steep slopes of this rugged and untamed territory. Here, the history and uniqueness of wine is more ancient than ancient Rome.
The local association of agricultural growers (about 60) teamed with Cantine Garrone in the 90's to begin a recovery and clean-up of these very old local vineyards and restart the production of a hallmark historical wine that spurred the introduction by the Italian government of the 'Valli Ossolane' DOC appellation in 2009, making it the absolute most northern and Alpine denomination of Piemonte.
|GRAPE VARIETY:||50%Nebbiolo 30%Croatina 20%Barbera|
|SOIL:||Mix most mountain rocks|
|VINIFICATION:||Grapes are stomped and left to ferment on the pomace in stainless steel tanks at least 10 days at a maximum temperature of 28°|
|AGING:||The wine is left to stand in stainless steel tanks for a year|