Pignoletto Wine

Pignoletto vineyards

Pignoletto vineyards

Not only Prosecco

PIGNOLETTO is another of those Italian wines made in small quantities that is often forgotten even by local wine lovers. These local wines have been ignored for more than thirty years, but lately many passionate and competent winemakers have rediscovered them and are beginning to produce them once again.
This fine wine of the Colli Bolognesi, the sweet hills that stretch around Bologna is made with a local vine or “vitigno autoctono” as the locals say.
Made still or bubbly this white wine “si sposa” as Italians say (matches) the local gastronomy that is composed of cheese, like the king Parmigiano, Gorgonzola, and many air cured meats, like prosciutto di Parma, mortadella di Bologna, culatello di Zibello, zampone di Modena and the famous pasta dish “Tagliatelle al Ragú,” a specialty that consists of a strictly hand made pasta and meat based red sauce tossed with a generous amount of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

I drank a 2008 Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto Frizzante “Azienda I Cappucci” di Antonio Rizzoli with a tasting plate of the specialties I mentioned above and I was really impressed with its ability to match the food so beautifully. It was a perfect match with both Parmesan and Prosciutto leaving the mouth cleansed of greasiness from the local heavyweights. With other cured meats, this wine did not overpower the spices that were present, leaving the mouth fresh and clean.

Given the balance and complexity of this wine I believe that it would also be a great companion to fish coming from the Adriatic Sea that lies just an hour’s drive from Bologna. Its 12.5% alcohol content provides good body, sufficient acidity and a perfect finish.

It’s a shame that even in this region some people forget about this wine and other similar local products preferring more “fashionable” Proseccos of questionable taste and quality. Given the small quantity produced, finding Pignoletto in an American wine store will be a challenge, but if you happen to find a bottle, be sure to give it a try, you will not regret it! Who knows, it may be the next trendy wine.

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