Carica l’Asino or 'load the donkey' is a rare local varietal the derives it's origins from the fact the regions hills were so steep that the grape could only be harvested by donkey.
While small splashes of Favorita, Cortese and Sauvignon provide the bones, the flesh of this Carica is all waxy and textural; she's a glass full of yellow stonefruit, honeycomb and fennel pollen/flower. It's rare to encounter such an obscure varietal with so much magnetism.
The Carussin family – Bruna, Luigi, Luca, and Matteo – work together as a family to continue traditions that date back five generations. Originally founded in 1927 with only four hectares, they grew over many years to the twenty-one hectares that they and their extended family now farm in the lower Monferrato Asti, on the hills of San Marzano Oliveto. Their vineyards are primarily planted to Barbera, but they also work with Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Cortese, Moscato, as well as an ancient white native variety – _Carica l’Asino._
Carussin have eschewed the use of chemicals in their farming and winemaking practices since 1984. They have been certified organic for more than 20 years, following biodynamic principles in both the vineyard and the cellar. Harvest is done by hand. Fermentation is spontaneous (from native yeasts).