CARONE WINES RELEASES ITS ITALUS BRAND OF WINE WITH NEBBIOLO
FIRST EVER QUÉBEC-GROWN NEBBIOLO WINE
Vignoble CARONE Wines (“CARONE”), premium estate winery located in the Lanaudière region of Québec, announced today the release of ITALUS wine (www.italuswine.com) made from 100% estate grown Nebbiolo – a first in Québec grape growing and winemaking.
“We have, once again, set a new standard for Québec made red wines and continue to pave the way in the industry by encouraging vineyards in Québec to grow vitis-vinifera (European) grape varieties,” said Anthony Carone, Owner and Winemaker of CARONE.
Mr. Carone continued: “My father, Pietro Carone, was the first person to commercially cultivate vitis-vinifera, specifically Pinot noir, in Québec on our family’s Lanoraie vineyard. Following his death in 2007, I wanted to continue this legacy and I planted the most noble of Italian grapes – Nebbiolo.”
CARONE is the only commercial grower of Nebbiolo and producer of Nebbiolo wine in Québec. The winery has been transitioning from hybrid grape varieties to vitis-vinifera varieties since it first garnered success with its Cabernet wine in 2004. By focusing on high quality grape varieties, the winery crafts intensely flavoured, medium bodied red wine enjoyed by clients in five continents.
ITALUS Nebbiolo | NATURAL FERMENTATION, UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
A reflection of our terroir and the winemaker, Anthony Carone, ITALUS (www.italuswine.com) is made from 100% estate grown Nebbiolo planted in 2012. The grapes were hand harvested at the highest ripening point at the end of October 2015 to ensure the very ripest of berries and intense aromas and flavours. Vinification consisted of a natural fermentation (no yeasts added) on skins, 70% stems, for 12 days at a controlled temperature no higher than 30 degrees Celsius with manual punched downs, a minimum of 4-6 times a day, throughout. The wine was aged one year in stainless, then one year in medium toast French oak barrels. No sulfur was added for 1.5 years. The first vintage, 2015, consists of a release of 1,200 bottles (750 mL) at $28 per bottle or $300 per case of twelve bottles (vineyard price).