The Wines of Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle

Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle

Piedmont

Philine Isabelle didn't grow up in a winemaking family in Piedmont. Native to Germany, she studied politics at University, and like myself felt more fulfilled with her job in restaurants than she did in a classroom. While working in a Biergarten, Philine developed a relationship with a few local wineries and ultimately built her interest in wine. Since 2009, Philine has spent time in various vineyards and cellars focusing on biodynamic viticulture including Odinstal, Pranzegg, and Heinrich, as well as working as a consultant for master pruners Simonit & Sirch, who consult for wineries such as Leroy and Roederer.

Currently, Philine has settled in Preda, located in-between Cannubi and Vignane, in which she manages 1.2ha and buys grapes from an additional 1ha. The time she spent working in vineyards in Germany has influenced a lot of her decisions today. While working for Heinrich, which is over 100ha, Philine oversaw a technique known as ‘composting on field’. This focused on building humus, which takes over a year to begin (on 100ha of land).. While working as a pruning consultant Philine finally felt like all things viticulture to vinification made sense. She decided she wanted to try to start her own project and settled in Piedmont. "The food, the produce, the people, it brought me there." In 2019, she bought Dolcetto (from Massimo & Luigi Veglio in Diano d’Alba), and Barbera in Monforte, with Nebbiolo fruit (also from the Veglio brothers) from a parcel in the Castagni MGA in La Morra. Everything she produced in this vintage was vinified at Rinaldi. Philine was able to agree to the on going purchase of the same plots year on year from Massimo & Luigi, affording her a better relationship with both the fruit and the growers.

Viticulture and Vinification

Her idea of not having her own vines quickly changed as in 2020 a 2ha parcel in Preda became available. Having a close relationship with our friend Tom Myers, they decided to rent it together and cultivate each of their plots as they choose. The parcel is planted mostly to Nebbiolo, with several rows (0.3ha) of Chardonnay at the bottom of the slope. Philine is not yet certified biodynamic; however, once she has established her relationship with Preda, she plans to begin the process of certification. This doesn't mean she isn't working hard to get the vineyards to where they need to be,. She also notices a difference in the grapes each year. Though acknowledging both the pros and cons, she admires the consistency certification offers as well as believing that it serves as a strong, visible rejection of conventional, chemically intense agriculture. Philine is meticulously getting to know her vineyard with the goal of bringing bright, elegant and energetic fruit into the winery. Canopy management plays a big part in her vines, depending on the vintage and how much sun needs to be controlled. There is never any hedging rather rolling of the canopies. She does her own compost brewing, and BD treatments.

In the Winery, Philine's goal of bringing in bright and clean fruit is a direct representation of what her wines look like going into bottle. For now, her Nebbiolo is entirely de-stemmed. Philine does not think too much of the exaggerated carbonic-related aromas. These can often result from whole- cluster and therefore opts to negate this risk entirely. Fermentation is spontaneous with maceration lasting the duration of the fermentation (roughly 24 days for the Barolo and 19 for the Langhe Nebbiolo) until the cap begins to drop. Punch-downs occur during the final third of the fermentation, opting for gentle pump-overs twice a day during the initial stages of fermentation. Bottling is performed by gravity without filtration or fining, and finished with minimal sulfur and Ndtech, Amorim and Naturity corks.

She aspires to a pure, fresh and vivid profile. She hopes to craft wines that are finely woven, well-structured and intellectual.

Current Releases

The Wines of Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle

Langhe, Chardonnay

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Chardonnay

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Chardonnay

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THE VINEYARD 0.35 hectare plot within Preda (Barolo); clones unknown; 45 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 1990

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) clay and marl soils above limestone bedrock, with more sand than Preda

PRESSING Pneumatic press utilized. The must is allowed to oxidize, and lightly sulfured after sedimentation and before fermentation.

FERMENTATION Fermented in concrete for 16 days, allowed to go through malo-lactic conversion with occasional batonnage.

AGING Aged in concrete

BOTTLES PRODUCED 2000

2022 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Chardonnay

2022 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Chardonnay

THE VINEYARD 0.35 hectare plot within Preda (Barolo); clones unknown; 45 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 1990

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) clay and marl soils above limestone bedrock, with more sand than Preda

PRESSING Pneumatic press utilized. The must is allowed to oxidize, and lightly sulfured after sedimentation and before fermentation.

FERMENTATION Fermented in concrete for 16 days, allowed to go through malo-lactic conversion with occasional batonnage.

AGING Aged in concrete

FINAL PH 3.36

BOTTLES PRODUCED 2000

Langhe, Nebbiolo

2020 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Nebbiolo

2020 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Nebbiolo

THE VINEYARD Castagni La Morra, clone names Rosé, Lampia, Michet. 40 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 2001

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) calcarious marl soils above limestone bedrock, with more sand than Preda

FERMENTATION destemmed, spontaneous in concrete, maceration for the whole fermentation

Critic Reviews

Vinous

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The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo is a terrific follow up to the 2019. Silky, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2020 is pure grace in a glass. Crushed flowers, hints of tobacco, cedar and dried flowers open first, framed by silky tannins that caress the finish. This mid-weight, polished Langhe Nebbiolo is beautifully done.

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Nebbiolo

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Langhe, Nebbiolo

THE VINEYARD Castagni La Morra, clone names Rosé, Lampia, Michet. 40 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 2001

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) calcarious marl soils above limestone bedrock, with more sand than Preda

FERMENTATION Macerated & fermented for 18 days in un-toasted, 3rd-use 5hL Mittelberger casks & 15 hLconcrete

AGING Aged in 2nd year 25 hL Mitterberger barrels

FINAL PH & ACIDITY 3.52 & 5

BOTTLES PRODUCED 2300

Ritmico, Piedmont

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Ritmico, Piedmont

2021 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Ritmico, Piedmont

THE VINEYARD 0.8 hectare plot within Preda with small clusters. Clone names Rosé, , Lampia & Michet. 30-35 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 1984

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) marl soils above limestone bedrock, with some sand

FERMENTATION 50/50 whole bunch and destemmed, 21 day maceration and fermentation in open-top barriques.

AGING Aged in 0.54 hL glass "barrel"

BOTTLES PRODUCED 200

Vinification Is inspired by the rhythmic protocol of Rudolf Hauschka. The Rhythmic exposure to the polarities. Light, darkness, warmth, cold, movement & rest. Messaging into the fermentation process the same vital forces the plant lives through. 21 days on the skins 1 year of Elevage, declassified to vino rosso, elevage was not in wood.

2022 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Ritmico, Piedmont

2022 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Ritmico, Piedmont

THE VINEYARD 0.8 hectare plot within Preda with small clusters. Clone names Rosé, , Lampia & Michet. 30-35 hL/ha yields.

VINE AGE Planted in 1984

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) marl soils above limestone bedrock, with some sand

FERMENTATION 50/50 whole bunch and destemmed, 21 day maceration and fermentation in open-top barriques.

AGING Aged in 0.54 hL glass "barrel"

FINAL PH & ACIDITY 3.49 & 5.20

BOTTLES PRODUCED 250

Vinification Is inspired by the rhythmic protocol of Rudolf Hauschka. The Rhythmic exposure to the polarities. Light, darkness, warmth, cold, movement & rest. Messaging into the fermentation process the same vital forces the plant lives through. 21 days on the skins 1 year of Elevage, declassified to vino rosso, elevage was not in wood.

Preda, Barolo

2020 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Preda, Barolo

2020 Azienda Agricola Philine Isabelle, Preda, Barolo

THE VINEYARD 0.8 hectare plot, small clusters. Clone names Rosé, Lampia & Michet. 30-35 hL/ha yields

VINE AGE Planted in 1984

SOIL Deep (1.5-5m) marl soils above limestone bedrock, with some sand

FERMENTATION Macerated for 3 weeks; malo-lactic conversion commenced naturally after fermentation in wood & concrete

AGING Aged in 2nd year, un-toasted 25 hL Mitterberger barrels with no batonnage.

FINAL PH & ACIDITY 3.5 & 5.01

BOTTLES PRODUCED 4000

Langhe, Chardonnay

Langhe, Nebbiolo

Ritmico, Piedmont

Preda, Barolo