Microzones where late-ripening red varieties can reach full maturity are rare in the Alpine region. Loam Cabernet Merlot owes its exceptional character to the weather-protected position of the vineyards and the properties of its heat-storing soil.


What an incredibly compact black fruit in the nose: delicate spices and notes of dark chocolate contribute to its complexity. Juicy and elegant on the palate, with extremely fine-grained tannins, dense and velvety.

Profil Panel, Vinum Svizzera, September 2016





Alto Adige DOC



vintage description

A long winter left the vines dormant until early April. Bud break was followed by a drop in temperatures, which delayed flowering. The weather remained changeable throughout the summer, with a very hot June and wet July, providing the ideal groundwork for the imminent maturation period. August presented itself from its best side, with sunny and dry weeks and extraordinarily low temperatures at night. Apart from few showers in late September/early October, the weather during the harvest, which started 10 days later than last year and with lower volumes than usual, was characterised by many warm days with increasingly cooler nights. The white wines of the 2021 vintage showcase great depth and reveal pronounced freshness and delicate fruity notes on the palate, whereas the fuller bodied red wines boast mature tannins and fresh aromas of fruit.


  • grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot
  • yield: 45 hl/ha
  • altitude: 250 – 350 m
  • slope exposure: south-east 90 % and south 10 %
  • soil: calciferous gravel with loam
  • age of the vines: 15 – 25 years
  • climate: extreme interplay between sunny days, influenced by the Mediterranean climate, and cool nights, marked by the cold downslope winds from the surrounding mountains.
  • harvest date: early to late October
  • bottles produced: ca. 15,200, 250 magnum bottles and some other big formats


 At harvest, the grapes are delivered in small bins and immediately gently pressed.
Fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature (26 °C) in big oak casks with regular pumpovers to increase the level of extraction from the grape skins for maximum aroma and an intensive colour.

Loam matures first in barriques for 12 months, then for another 6 months in oak casks
and finally for at least another 6 months in the bottle.

tasting notes

strong ruby red

pleasantly fruity with a delicate touch of bitterness reminiscent of wild cherry and
blackcurrant, dark chocolate, fine herbs and slightly ethereal notes

fruity, generous and elegant, full-bodied and juicy – hints of cedar wood, dried fruit and red berry aromas, with fine tannins and salty minerality

serving temperature

16-18° C

residual sugar

<2 g/l

total acidity

5.6 g/l


14 % vol

aging potential

> 10 years

bottle sizes

0.75 l / 1.5 l / 3 l / 5 l

Award Date Year Score
JAMESSUCKLING.COM 2015 2011 93 punti
GAMBERO ROSSO 1998 1995 Tre Bicchieri
GAULT&MILLAU 2022 2019 4 rote Trauben
VERONELLI 2020 2018 Tre Stelle
VERONELLI 2018 2015 Tre Stelle

Selection range

Classic range