Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
Nebbiolo is a late maturing variety that can produce wines of great complexity greatly influenced by the type of soil and climate. The name Nebbiolo is thought to evolve from the autumnal mists (“nebbie”) that cover the Langhe hills. It was certainly cultivated in Rivoli in 1268 as recorded in papers published in “Documents on the history of Piemonte”. The Savoyards considered it one of their favourite wines and often described it as a “subtle tool” in diplomatic approaches.
The most typical way in which producers of Nebbiolo d’Alba ferment and mature the wine is in large oak barrels (grandi botti), and in some cases, smaller casks (barrique) in order to soften the grapes’ typical harshness. Thanks to the high tannins, acidity and alcohol it can also evolve in the bottle for many years.
Vinification: traditional with the grapes lightly crushed, de-stemmed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 8/10 days.
Ageing: 12 months in used barriques (second passage) and 1 month in bottle.
Notes: ruby red with light garnet reflections. Delicate nose of violets and raspberries. Perfectly balanced tannins.
Serving Suggestion: game, braised and stewed meats.
Serving temperature: 18°C