Tappero Merlo Bohemien 2009
The origin of these Passito wines can be traced back to Roman times. In the Canavese, Erbaluce Passito has been made by the same families for hundreds of years, and Bohemien follows this tradition. The best grapes are picked early and allowed to wither on racks in a well ventilated attic over the winter. These grape clusters have to be small and loose to ensure ideal drying. During the cool and humid winter months, botrytis sets in and further dehydrates the clusters, while adding delicate dried fruit flavors. After approximately six months of drying, the grapes are softly pressed, and the wine begins its long aging in oak.