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Article: A New Mixed Case Exploring Nebbiolo

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A New Mixed Case Exploring Nebbiolo

This mixed case has been curated for Nebbiolo lovers and those interested in exploring this varietal. Nebbiolo is the king red grape in Piemonte, but it has also been grown successfully in other parts of Northern Italy. It is difficult to grow due to its thin skins, but it produces some of Italy's most esteemed wines when grown in the right conditions under the best care. Nebbiolo is known for powerful, full-bodied, and tannic wines for long-term aging, but today, we are showcasing a more approachable side to the grape. These wines pair beautifully with various foods, such as mushroom-based risotto or pasta, or pork chops off the grill. Enjoy exploring!

Marco Porello, Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2022

A delightful Piemonte Nebbiolo from a quality small-scale producer in Roero. Elegant and structured. Aromatic notes of tart red berries and roses jump out of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with good concentration of mineral notes supported by fresh acidity. The finish is moderately long, tapering off with moderate tannins that have grip. Like a classic Piedmont Nebbiolo from the more celebrated regions but on a lighter frame. A great introduction to the pleasures of Nebbiolo without breaking the bank.

Mamete Prevostini, Rosso di Valtelina 'Santarita' DOC 2022

Made with 100% Nebbiolo (locally called Chiavennasca) grown on the terraced slopes in Berbenno, Castione Andevenno and Tirano in Lombardy. Its name is linked to the day of Santa Rita, May 22nd when the first vintage of this red was bottled. After maceration with the skins, the malolactic fermentation occurs partly in steel and partly in wood, and the refinement continues for 10 months. The bouquet is fresh and fragrant with notes of freshly picked red fruits, rose and violet. On the palate, it is refreshing with a dry and pleasant finish.

Le Pianelle, Coste dell Sesia 'Al Forte' DOC 2018

We are taking Nebbiolo to the next level with the Al Forte 2018 from Piemonte. A blend of 70% Nebbiolo, 70% backed by 20% Croatina (also known as Bonarda), and 10% Vespolina, which adds a spicy note and softer tannins to the mix. The estate’s vines are rooted in marine and volcanic soils, which lead to high-acid and mineral-influenced fruit. This perfumed and structured red blend shows flavours of juicy red cherries, tart plums, and smoke, marked by well-integrated tannins and a lingering long finish.


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