The northwestern region of Piemonte, in the foothills of the Alps, is one of Italy's very best wine-growing districts and boasts some thundering reds of great longevity, like the world-renowned Barolo and Barbaresco wines from Nebbiolo grapes.
Nebbiolo based wines are distinguished by strong tannins, high acidity and a varietal, distinctive scent described as "tar (goudron) and roses". Lightly-coloured, they also fade over time and take on a peculiar brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass.
Despite Nebbiolo's sensitivity to terroir, its irresistible allure has led it to become a niche variety in pretty much every one of the "new world" wine nations where it's grown in small quantities by just a few wineries.
Nebbiolo wines from just outside the borders of Barolo and Barbaresco, or from younger vines within these two famous appellations in Piemonte, may be classified as Langhe DOC Nebbiolo.
This is the case for Edmond's pick for this month, the "Capisme-e" which in Piedmontese dialect means "understand me". Our choice is Edmond's tribute to vintner Domenico Clerico, who passed away four months ago. Clerico was one of the most respected names in Barolo, "one of the most gifted winemakers in all Piedmont..." in the words of the world's most trusted wine critic Robert Parker, Jr., or a vintner whose "infectious smile and generous nature earned him many friends" according to Wine Spectator.
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a small Barolo for complexity and structure. Deep nose of violets, red fruits, blackberries and some spiciness. A powerful wine on the palate, fruity with well-integrated though still young tannins, persistent finish.
Aged for 10 months in stainless steel tanks.
Best served at 18-20°C.
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