Inama Carminium 2020

Inama Carminium 2020

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Carmenere

75cl * 14% ABV * Colli Berici, Veneto, Italy

Inama is a third-generation, family-owned winery in Verona who has been solely dedicated to producing quality wines for the last 40 years. The estate's founder, Giuseppe Inama, began purchasing small plots of land back in the 1950s. Over the years, this would grow to the 30 hectares that the estate currently maintains. In the 1990s Giuseppe’s son, Stefano, took over the winemaking and began leading the estate in an exciting new direction with the introduction of more international grape varieties and experimenting with producing red wines in the warm Colli Berici region.

Carmenere has been grown here since the 19th century when it was planted by returning Italian emigrants from Aquitaine, today it is considered very much a local variety. Unlike a lot of wineries who use organic labelling to upsell their product, Inama chooses to omit this on their labelling, despite the fact that their agricultural system is all organic. They also follow a philosophy of minimal intervention in the winery. Meticulous care in the vineyard has allowed Inama to give increasing quality to the plots adjacent to the one that produces their “Oratorio di San Lorenzo” reserve wine. The result is “Carminium”, a more immediate and pure approach to Carmenere, but which does not skimp on complexity and finesse.

Right in the centre of the 12-hectare vineyard where the grapes for this wine grow, an old mulberry tree stands. During the autumn, the Carmenere leaves take on a red hue, while those of the mulberry tree are tinged with yellow, inspiring the Carminium label.

Hand-harvested grapes are delicately destalked, taking care not to break the skins of the berries. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 23-28 days and then matured in French oak barriques (35% new and 65% used) for 12 months. After a period of 4 months in stainless steel, Carminium is bottled and continues to mature for at least 12 months before being released onto the market. The resulting wine has a vivid ruby core with a narrow purple rim. Intense on the nose, with herbs and spices, black fruit, tannins are soft and balanced. Pair it with roast pork, cheese boards, spicy pizza, ragu, cold cuts, and grilled meat. Serve at around 16-17°C, it will benefit from decanting for 30 minutes before drinking.

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