Elisabetta Dalzocchio lives up a winding road, behind a big metal gate, perched on the foothills of the Dolomite mountains looking over the town of Rovereto, and across to snow-capped peaks lost in the clouds. She shares an almost monastic compound with her parents, and her father is as fanatical as she is about keeping things as simple as possible, and using biodynamics to nourish the tiny terrace of pinot noir laid out like a garden across a scant 1.8 hectares. Sometimes he intrudes too much in her work, and secretly she has acquired another plot on the opposite slopes, and only time will tell what she will make there.
Passionate about iconic red Burgundy she imposes a similar rigour of production, her deferential modesty coupled with an iron will. Wines will only be released when she is ready, and only to those she allows. She makes only one wine, and after much anticipation, the 2017 is finally here, along with a few magnums of the magnificent 2016.
Fermented in open top vats with stems, using only natural yeasts, the wine is then aged in old 228l barriques for around 18 months.