Carnasciale

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At a Glance

  • Domaine established: 1988
  • Owner: Moritz, Bettina & Carla Elle Rogosly
  • Heads of viticulture & Head Winemaker: Marco Maffei
  • Consultants: Peter Schilling & Dott. Remigio Bordini
  • Closure type: Natural Untreated Cork
  • Vegan: Yes

Vineyards

Toscana vineyards: Carnasciale, Selva, Vincaie, Perelli and Volpaie
Val d’Arno vineyards: 6 ha @ hills of Colli Orientali del Friuli, ‘practising-organic’ >40yrs. Flysch marn and silex terroir. Surrounded by 20ha of woods.
Key red grape varities: Caberlot, Sangiovese
Average vine age: 18 years
Total area estate vines: 124ha
Total area under vine with red grapes: 5.5 ha
Average yield: 25/30 hl/ha

Agriculture & Winemaking

“Organic un-certified”

Defining practices: spontaneous fermentations in stainless steel (and some cement for the Sangiovese), malo and élévage in French barriques / fûts from Burgundy, 70-90% new over a period of 22 months, no fining and no filtration, the magnums of IL CABERLOT then mature for another 16 months prior to their release. The Sangiovese is raised in stainless steel only, over a period of 14 months.

Red Wines

WineGrape Variety
Il Caberlot100% Caberlot
Il Carniascale100% Caberlot

Q & A

Q: What are currently the main concerns at your estate (eg. global warming, biodiversity, water, barrels, single-use plastics, closures, the market, price inflation, etc.)?
A: We are quite fortunate with 5 plots in all very singular and distanced locations but the erratic skies and intensity of the outbreaks are troubling. Late frost, drought, hail during the harvest… we’ve never seen it before but there is sure to be more ahead. Our use of barrels is more refined than ever and we are looking at two 40hl tonneaux chez Marc Grenier in Burgundy. The new cellar project will hopefully enter the construction phase by the end of 2019. The markets are doing fine, both close and far.

Q: What are you working to improve at the moment?
A: Reactivity in the vineyards, but we have 4 people (plus Marco and Peter) devoted to them, better logistics and conditions for bottling ans storage, thanks to a new warehouse in the valley.

Q: Does the estate grow anything besides grapes?
A: Olives for the Olio di Oliva.

Q: Best books or articles you have read?
A: Up at Carnasciale we read The New Yorker; La Repubblica, The World of Fine Wine and Noble Rot. Books are too many to mention.

Q: Best food pairings with your wines?
A: Bettina’s Gravlax with CARNASCIALE (grazie Zubair!), Peposo dell’Impruneta / Old Gouda with IL CABERLOT, Cacciuco with the OTTANTADUE

Q: Aside from your own wines, what do you enjoy drinking?
A: Barbaresco, Champagne, Meursault, Morgon, Pelaverga di Verduno, Nerello Mascalese, Saumur, Xinomavro, Assyrtiko, Riesling.

Q: Name of the winery pet?
A: Nebbiolo the cat

Timeline

2019 Moritz opens the 26th market for the wines of Podere Il Carnasciale
2017 The first release of OTTANTADUE, our DOC Vald’Arno di Sopra Sangiovese
2017 Birth of Nebbiolo, the Chartreux (cat) that shares his time between Paris and Tuscany
2016 1st release of the IL CABERLOT 0,75l ‘demi-Magnum’
2015 1ha of Sangiovese bought at Vincaïe, which we had planted in 2004 for a neighbour
2014 Celebration of the 25th harvest with a 20 vintage IL CABERLOT vertical in Florence
2012 Marco Maffei joins the team to assume responsibility for the vineyards and vinifications
2010 Valerio Olgiati draws the plans for the new cellar Cantina Caberlot
2010 Moritz ties up his doings in fashion in Paris and comes on-board full time
2004 Planting of the Vincaïe, Perelli and Volpaie vineyards starts (continues on 2010 & 2012)
2002 Peter Schilling joins the team with his volcanic temper and burgundian savoir-faire
2002 The IL CABERLOT 2000 is awarded 20 points by Enzo Vizzari & Guida de l’Espresso
2000 1st vintage of CARNASCIALE, the second wine to IL CABERLOT
1999 Planting of the Selva vineyard, the total area under vine reaches 1ha
1996 Wolf Rogosky suddenly passes away
1996 Moritz’s daughter Carla-Elle is born in Paris
1996 We reach Wolf’s initial goal of ‘Mille Magnum’ for the first time
1990 The cinghiale harvest one day before us: no IL CABERLOT produced
1988 1st vintage of IL CABERLOT produced from young vines plus grapes from Bordini
1986 Wolf plants 3300 vines on 0.3ha together with Remigio Bordini and Vittorio Fiore
1985 Frost destroys the 200 olive trees in front of the house; the way is paved for vines
1982 The Rogoskys move back to Paris
1976 The Rogoskys move to New York City
1973 a 1.5km long access road is built to the house; digging for water starts
1972 Wolf & Bettina Rogosky discover the abandoned Podere Il Carnasciale high on a hill