"La" Favorita is a rare and original Piedmontese vine whose appearance in the Roero dates back to the times of trade with nearby Liguria. La Favorita is also known as Vermentino or Pigato. A white grape variety grown in the area surrounding the city of Alba, in the Roero and in the Upper Belbo Valley. Areas with medium-textured soils, of a sandy / calcareous-siliceous nature, which allow to obtain fragrant and elegant wines. On the slopes of the Roero hills, in fact, this vine attenuates its foliar vigor to the detriment of a sugary enrichment in the bunches which at the end of ripening obtain a straw yellow that recalls that of freshly harvested wheat.
Favorita wines are noted for their intense pear notes and an ability to age shorter than Arneis. The grapes tend to ripen late and maintain a fair amount of acidity. Historically it has been used as a blending partner with Nebbiolo to soften that grape's harsh tannins. When planted on warm climate sites, the Favorita can develop minerality and notes of sea salt. Exposure to oak barrel aging can give the wine a rounder mouthfeel.
Production regulations: D.M. December 14, 2010.
Grape variety: 100% Favorita
Vineyard: Vezza d'Alba, Valtassera vineyard (geographical mention Valmaggiore)
Soil type: sandy
Harvest period: September
Vinification: fermentation and maturation in steel tanks for 5-8 months
Color: slightly golden straw yellow
Bouquet: white flowers, fresh fruit
Taste: fresh, pleasant, dry with a slight sapid finish
Pairings: ideal as an aperitif, with appetizers, fried fish, fresh cheeses
Excellent as an aperitif, the Langhe Favorita proves to be an excellent companion of appetizers but finds its best place as an accompaniment to fried fish and shellfish. Also excellent alongside boiled fish and non-binding first courses, vegetable soups and fish soups.