Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri 2016
The Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri World Tour is the premier Italian wine showcase, featuring wines that have garnered the coveted “Tre Bicchieri” award in the 29th edition of the Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia 2016 Wine Guide — the world’s foremost guide on Italian wines.
On February 9th, 2016, Accornero Winery and Lis Neris featured their highly acclaimed wines to nearly 1,000 wine professionals.
Accornero family members have been vine growers for four generations, and they still produce high quality wines with the same passion and devotion that inspired great-grandfather Bartolomeo.
Bartolomeo Accornero, born in 1839, and his wife, Giuseppina Lasagna, already owners of a small agricultural holding adjacent to the present vineyard estate, had five children. In 1897, after many years of hard work and savings, he purchased Cascina Ca’ Cima, then owned by noble chevalier Negri. The generation was then continued to this day by Giulio Accornero, the current owner of the estate.
Ca’ Cima is situated in the pleasant countryside of Vignale Monferrato municipality and covers an area of 20 hectares, all dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards. Vineyards are organically cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
“Accornero remains one of Piedmont’s hidden gems. I am surprised these wines don’t get more attention. The estate excels with a number of superb Barberas and their flagship Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie bottling. Once again, I feel some of the Barberas are pushed too far in terms of concentration, but that only applies to a few wines in this range. Otherwise, these are some of the most unique and compelling wines readers will find in Piedmont.”
Lis Neris is located just outside the village of San Lorenzo in Friuli, almost equidistant between the Slovenian border to the north and the Izonzo river to the south. Lis Neris, which means “black ladies” in Italian, has been in the hands of the Pecorari familysince 1879 – since 1982 it has been run by Alvaro Pecorari.
There are over 70 hectares of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines planted on a small plateau of calcareous gravel. During the last ten years massive investments have been made in new cellar equipment and the wines are now better than ever.
Most of the wines are fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel and display intense mineral characteristics. The top cuvées are fermented and matured in a combination of stainless steel and French oak, which give the wines complexity and depth seldom found in wines from this region.