(2020) From vineyards planted between 1959 and 2008, this is matured in 5,000-litre oak barrels and is darkly-hued, and immediatly smooth and silky aromatically. Black cherry is the overriding aroma, but with a polished leather sheen and little note of dried herbs. In the mouth there's that lovely juxtaposition between tartness and sweetness, the cherries, lip-tingling acidity and hint of briar and herbs adding lots of interest. No UK retailers listed at time of review.
(2020) Ageing is in 5,000-litre casks for this Langhe Nebbiolo. A 2018, the colour is garnet with a little amber on the rim and the nose is firm and fairly ungiving at this stage, some small red fruits, raspberry freshness. It is firm and just a touch lean on the palate at this stage, but beyond that the purity of the fruit is very fine, and the balance and structure of the wine good, plentiful cherry acidity and fine tannins. This could loosen up a little over a year or two in bottle.
(2018) A vert nice Nebbiolo this, from the Langhe in Piedmont, aged for one year in larger barrels and bursting with deep black and red fruits, giving both savoury depth and bright, even lightly floral notes. It is sweet and svelte on the palate, tasting youthful and as if it could well cellar nicely for a few years, it has a liquorice stripe of bittersweet concentration and acidity, but the plush tobacco underpinnings give it some breadth and depth.
(2012) Nebbiolo, the great grape of Barolo and Barbaresco, grown here in the Roero region - most often associated on our wine shelves with the white Arneis grape. Made from 15-year-old vines, the wine spends one year in barrels, though I suspect this is bigger and older oak, as the nose reveals little woodiness, instead having a fleshy, earthy and dried-blood intensity, with a touch of cedar and spice, hints of floral notes, and dark plummy fruit. On the palate there's a savoury edge to this, the cedary spice again, but fresh plum and cherry fruit is delicate and tangy. Chewy but softening tannins and a touch of maturity make it easy to drink.
(2010) A blend from 30-year-old vines together with some younger Nebbiolo fruit. Lovely pale colour and delicate, dry, redcurrant and gently earthy noise, suggesting a great silky softness. That is realised on the palate with a lovely softness of texture and tannins but crisp, well defined fruit and a great sense of harmony. Long and beautifully refined.
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