The Erbaluce is an autochthonous Piedmontese grape whose origin has been so many hypotheses, but there are no certainties. Its name has ancient origins, so much that it was already called Alba Lux (dawn light) by the Romans. It takes its name from the beautiful golden color that takes the grapes exposed to the sun when they are ripe. Caluso DOCG’s Erbaluce designation identifies the territory where it can be produced thanks to the optimum pedoclimatic characteristics for this vine.
Erbaluce: distribution & grape characteristics
Erbaluce vine is cultivated in the province of Turin (Canavese, Serra d’Ivrea, Viverone Lake), in the province of Biella and in the province of Novara (with the name Greco).
- BUD: The sprout has a cinnamon apex of greenish green color with pink lips. The herbaceous trunk is intense red in the apical and red stripe on the dorsal side.
- LEAF: The adult leaf is of medium size from pentagonal to orbicular and quinquelobata. The flap is dark green with red or rose ribs at the base and has a groin surface with long depressions and between the major ribs.
- BUNCH: The bunch when it is ripe has medium size and cylindrical shape with a single wing and is elongated and compact. The peduncle is green and of medium length.
- GRAPE: The ripe berry is medium in size and forms almost a perfect sphere. The peel is pruinal and greenish yellow color, which becomes of the typical pink hot pink color if exposed to the sun.
- HEARVEST: The budding is fairly early and occurs in the first decade of April. Flowering takes place between the first and second decades of June and the revival in the second decade of August. As a result, ripening of grapes tends to be fairly early, between the second and third decades of September.
- PRODUCTIONS: It has a very high vigor. The branches do not have long internodes, but they still generate a large vegetative mass! Production is high but uneven and depends on the breeding system and the pruning. The ideal breeding system is the pergola with a long pruning.
- FEATURES: The grapes produced are of great acidity and therefore they produce sparkling wines and exceptional sweet wines.
Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG still
The Caluso DOCG Erbaluce is a firm wine of brilliant straw yellow color with occasionally greenish and sometimes golden gleams. It has a very fine scent that resembles aromatic herbs and field flowers, and also has a pleasant note of acacia honey and almond confection. The flavor is always very fresh and dry, encouraged by a pleasant flavor that blends in the citrus finish. If it stays in the cellar a few years before being drunk it becomes more and more complex and enriched with delicious minerals and toasted notes.
Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG Sparkling
Sparkling DOCG Caluso Erbaluce can only be produced with the Classic Method. The vine, due to its high acidity and sugary content, is perfect for sparkling wine. The result is a sparkling wine with a fine perlage that forms a persistent crown. It has a color that varies from straw yellow to golden yellow depending on the type of product. The fragrance is always delicate and characteristic, with notes of herbs, field flowers, honey and citrus. The taste is always dry, dry, tasty, and fresh, sometimes very acidic but always ingenious with a taste of white pulp fruit.
For its features it is perfect to match Japanese cuisine, especially to fatty fish.
And have you ever tasted the Erbaluce?
Do you need some buying or matching advice?
Write it in a comment!