Next to the pretty Asti village of San Marzano Oliveto lies the closed Valle (dei) Asinari, so named after the Marchese di Marzano family who once owned the land. Today, approx. 13 ha of it is owned & farmed by Bruna Ferro & her husband Luigi Garberoglio, their two sons Matteo & Luca; another 3 ha of Nizza Monferrato (Barbera) vines belongs to Luigi’s family (that he currently blends into Asinoi). 80% of the family farm is devoted to growing organic, biodynamic Barbera d’Asti, the rest is planted to mainly Moscato!
Bruna’s 4th generation family herald from nearby Calosso (roman Callocius), & it was they who bought the Cà di Carussin farm along with 4ha in 1921. They started vinifying the grapes soon after, in 1927, with the obligatory wheat & maize planted between the rows! Skip forward to the 1960s when Bruna recalls selling their wine in demi-john to Milanese private customers, who thirst for their Carussin wine increased to 12 demi-johns/family/annum by the 1980s! In the meantime they’d also developed a market in Genova. Alas in 1988, Bruna’s father Carlo Ferro at only 55 yo, leaving her to continue the good work. Apparently each generation is obliged to add 3.5ha of vines!
Luigi & Bruna’s sons, Matteo & Luca, now work alongside their parents. Luca is a graduate of Alba’s Umberto 1 Enological School, & has a debolezza/weakness for making (delicious) beer, as well as wine! The wines are mainly vinified in a combination of fibre glass & stainless-steel tanks, with sulphur dioxide used sparingly!
Vino Bianco ‘Il carica l’Asino’ (Carica l’Asino, + Cortese & Sauvignon Blanc)
Vino Rosso ‘Completo’ (Dolcetto, Barbera + press wine of Nebbiolo, Ancellotta, Lambrusco…!), available only in Litre, screwcap
Barbera d’Asti ‘Asinoi’
Vino Rosso ‘Ciuchinoi’ (Grignolino)
Vino Rosso ‘Felice NA’ (Nebbiolo di San Rocco Seno d’Elvio)
Vino Rosso ‘Sisto NA’ (Nebbiolo di La Morra)
Moscato d’Asti ‘Filari Corti’
(2017) Vino Bianco ‘Il carica l’Asino’ – tasted April’18 prior to bottling, 25% vinified in tonneaux, the rest in s/steel, very soft, watery pure, orange blossom & comice pear notes, & of apple core. Il Carica d’Asinoi provides intrigue, the Cortese gentle freshness…the Sauvignon Blanc, not sure as to be anonymous?!
(2017) Vino Rosso ‘Completo’ (Barbera + press wine of Nebbiolo, Ancellotta, Lambrusco…!) – tasted April’18, just prior to bottling, 12.5%, no Dolcetto used in 2017 as it was too rich! Bright, fresh, very pretty, open, nuanced, engaging fruit, violet fragrance, carino, soffice, immediate, great bevibilita!
(2016) Vino Rosso ‘Completo’ (Dolcetto, Barbera + press wine of Nebbiolo, Ancellotta, Lambrusco…!) – tasted April ’18, bottled Nov’17, 12%, energetic, violets, plum skin, roses & hay notes, juicy, gentle extraction…
2017 Barbera d’Asti ‘Asinoi’ – tasted April’18, prior to bottling, plenty of luce/light, fresh plum, pure, pretty, violacce white stone core (Nizza white clay?) fragrance…
2016 Barbera d’Asti ‘Asinoi’ – tasted April’18, no oak, no post ferment maceration, from the predominantly calcareous clay, & sand, soils of the Valle Asinari close to the cantina, boosted by Luigi’s high altitude, fresh Nizza fruit, so good focus, neat, yet as ever pure, soft, gentle, with pretty white stone & plum flesh…mulberry esque in 2016, lovely balance & warmth…
(2016) Vino Rosso ‘Felice NA16’ (Nebbiolo di San Rocco Seno d’Elvio) – tasted April ’18, from bottle, notable for its fresh, racy finezza, watery purity, porcelain tannins, dried rose, very good.
(2017) Vino Rosso ‘Sisto NA17’ (Nebbiolo di La Morra) – tasted from tank April’18, fresh, poise, elegance…!
(2014) Vino Rosso ‘Sisto NA14’ (Nebbiolo di La Morra) – tasted April’18, bottled under crown cap, July’15, 13.5%, from organic Rocche dell’Annunziata vines planted in 1985, the fruit being sold to Carussin, three weeks post ferment maceration, no oak, notable dried rose, beautiful flesh & feel, 13mg of SO2 total.
2016 Moscato d’Asti ‘Filari Corti’ – tasted April’18, 5.5%, 185g RS, so named after the ‘short’ 300 metre long rows of Moscato at the head of the Valle Asinari at 250m asl, below the casa bianca! Vermouth intensity & feel, along with notable peach syrup texture & fruit. Very pure, delicious with preserved…peaches!