Following crushing and destemming, the grapes to produce Barolo DOCG Patres San Silvestro were fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 28 to 30°C. Maceration on the skins lasted for 12 days, with daily pump overs. Natural malolactic conversion took place during the spring following the harvest. Barolo DOCG Patres San Silvestro was then aged for three years: two of which were spent in large Slavonian oak casks and one year in tank, followed by six months in bottle, prior to release.
The name ‘Nebbiolo’ comes from one of two schools of thought: some believe as the harvest of Nebbiolo usually occurs in October, when foggy weather is common, it takes the name from ‘nebbia’ meaning ‘fog’; however others believe the name is derived from the presence of ‘pruina’, a substance which gives the appearance of a foggy haze on the berry’s skin. The Nebbiolo vines are grown in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, where the climate is continental and is tempered by the Tanaro River and its tributaries. Grown in marl clay and sand soils, the late ripening variety is usually harvested in early October.
San Silvestro is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. The grapes are mostly grown in the Langhe and from vineyards found in the Roero and the Monferrato regions. San Silvestro represents the continuation of a project begun by Giovanni Sartirano which has been passed down through four generations. Today it is run by cousins Paolo and Guido Sartirano and San Silvestro has gradually expanded beyond the local market and their wines can be found around the world.