The word ‘benchmark’ gets bandied around a lot these days, but this is a Nebbiolo that clearly justifies that term. It comes from declassified, mostly young vine fruit from the great Castiglione Falletto crus of Bricco Boschis and Vignolo. This means it’s a wine that could be labelled as Barolo. Harvested during the second week of October, the grapes for the 2016 were fully destemmed and fermentation occurred with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation occurred in cement tanks during the spring following harvest. The wine was then cask aged for 18 months in Slavonian (Croatian) oak botti. It was bottled unfiltered.
This truly is an outstanding ‘mini’ Barolo and delivers accordingly in the glass. Waves of deep, dark cherry, tobacco and anise abound on both the nose and palate. It’s still super primary with plenty of fine, powdery tannins and a long, perfumed close. A magic release of this wine – likely the finest we have shipped. I tasted the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo from vat but am giving it a final score because the wine had been taken out of wood and was just about to go into the bottle when I visited the estate.
This wine shows deep, lasting and increased aromatic intensity that really points to the quality levels achieved with Nebbiolo in 2016. Bottle production of this wine is greatly reduced because more fruit was moved up to the production of top-shelf Barolo instead. The wine is compact, firm and tight, but it also offers lots of inner energy and brightness. Fruit from the youngest vines ends up in the Langhe Nebbiolo. 92+ points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #237
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