We have everything for the Nebbiolo lover in you in today's offer - maps, books, wine and, of course, a free Masterclass this Saturday! Below you'll find information about the unbelievably and beautifully detailed art of Alessandro Massnaghetti who made it his life's work to dissect, draw, map and explain Piemonte. You will also find the incredible range that we're putting on display this Saturday - we'll start with serious rosé from producer Nervi-Conterno (Gattinara), followed by a gorgeous Langhe from Fratelli Barale. We'll then look at two Barbarescos from the highly anticipated 2016 Piemonte vintage, and two 2015 Barolos from distinctly different subregions (Barolo and Monforte). To finish on a high note, we'll be opening two super-premium and rare Barolos from the tricky yet highly rewarding 2014 vintage, including cult producerCappellano.
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2018 Nervi Conterno Il Rosato (Nebbiolo Rose) - $45
Coming off a variety of 4 Crus within the Gattinara commune ranging between 290-420 meters in elevation, the grapes are harvested towards the end of September and usually a week or two before the Gattinara DOCG fruit is brought into the winery for gentle pressing, after destemming. The fruit is left to macerate for 5 to 6 hours to extract some colour and then begins a 15 to 16-day fermentation at a low temperature then kept cool to ensure that the wine does not go through malo, maintaining the brightness, vitality and acidity. Post fermentation, the wine is racked off into steel tanks and left on its gross lees for 6 months to build some additional texture.
"Luminous pink. Reticent nose of white flowers and herbs, plus a whiplash of red berry juiciness. Round, rich and tactile, with good juicy cut that extends the flavours on the long finish. The bottle carries both the Nervi and Conterno names (Nervi was recently acquired by the Giacomo Conterno estate). Nebbiolo." - 91 Points, Ian D’Agata, Vinous
2017 Fratelli Barale Langhe Nebbiolo - $50
Planted 1975 by S. Giovanni, and on the Bricco, so just inside Barolo (comune), but effectively it's Bussia Nebbiolo - on calcareous/sand, facing sth-east at 350 m. This is again just a beautiful advertisement for Nebbiolo. It’s not homogenous and plump commercial though, but rather absolutely distinctive with its red cherry and cranberry colour and aromatics. And while that Monforte tannin is quite clear the whole wine is quite long, textured and buoyant.
2016 Ca Nova Barbaresco - $65
“Tasted from tank prior to bottling, the 2016 Barbaresco is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Rich, aromatically intense and utterly beguiling, the 2016 captivates from the very first taste. The 2016 is medium in body and yet delivers so much flavor intensity, in the way only Nebbiolo can. In a word: fabulous!” - (90-92) Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2016 Fratelli Barale Barbaresco “Serraboella” - $102
Nebbiolo planted 1969 on (homogenous) calcareous soil in Serraboella cru of Neive comune. South facing at 350 m. Absolutely stunning aromatics. Radiant, juicy, perfumed, shapely and seemingly endless.
"Barale's 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella is gorgeous. Rich, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer. Macerated cherry, plum, lavender, spice, sage and new leather are all vibrant in the glass. Medium in body and pliant, the 2016 is a terrific example of this great Barbaresco vintage. I loved it.” - 93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2015 Fratelli Barale Barolo (Barolo Subregion) - $102
Sample Bottle on Tasting - Sale Stock Due August
Parcels of Barolo commune crus, Monrobiolo, Coste di Rose & Preda (all estate-owned) of various ages to 45 years. Tending to silt/sand and up to 350m with either south-east or south-west aspect. Barale's Barolo treads the very fine line between brawn and austerity, and approachability. This is stunning Barolo, and a terrific find from long-time Barolo importer and gun nebbiolo palate, David Ridge.
2015 Bricco Giubellini Barolo (Monforte d’Alba) - $99
"The 2015 Barolo from Bricco Giubellini is absolutely gorgeous. Bright, floral and lifted, the Barolo captures all the fruit intensity and radiance that is typical of the year, with the support of the saline underpinnings that are such a signature of Barolos from Monforte, especially this high-altitude district above town. Sweet red berry fruit, flowers, mint and chalk all run through this super-expressive Barolo. The Bricco Giubellini Barolo has been a distinctive wine from the very beginning, in 2003. The 2015 is especially strong." - 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2014 Cappellano Barolo Pie Rupestris - $155
"The 2014 Barolo Barolo Rupestris is a very pretty, fragrant wine. In this vintage, the Rupestris is a bit more ethereal than it usually is, and yet there is a lovely underpinning of structure that gives the wine its shape. Beautifully perfumed and gracious, the 2014 Rupestris opens with enticing scents of sweet tobacco, mint, dried herbs, orange peel, dried cherry, cedar and rose petal. The 2014 should drink well with minimal cellaring, but I expect it will also age gracefully while retaining its somewhat delicate feel.” - NR, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Note, Cappellano respectfully requests that critics never assign a score to his wines)
2014 Aldo Conterno Barolo “Bussia” - $163
"Poderi Aldo Conterno's 2014 Barolo Bussia is a transparent wine, and I don't mean to use that word to describe the wine's appearance or its light color saturation. This Barolo is transparent in terms of its elegance and fragility. The wine offers a silky, fine texture that acts as a springboard to aromas of dried blueberry, cassis, menthol, herb and dried ginger. These aromas are ethereal and fleeting. This Barolo sees 26 months in oak and completes its final stage of integration in stainless steel before bottling. This vintage saw longer maceration times, up to six weeks in the case of this Barolo. That extended time on the skins is meant to protect the wine against the fragile nature of the vintage. A fresh and fruit-filled mouthfeel makes for an open and immediate wine.” - 92 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
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