(2019) While Nebbiolo is the easy answer to 'what is Piedmont's greatest red wine grape', Nascetta has begun to slug it out with Gavi and Arneis as cream of the white wine crop. Aged six months in older oak barrels, this majors on fresh and very subtly floral aromatics, nutty apple and a barrel-derived creaminess. Quite full-bodied and rich on the palate, there's good concentration here, perhaps a little reminiscent of a RhÃ´ne white - a Roussanne/Marsanne blend maybe, generous, fat fruit and acidity, but that nutty, creamy texture extends to the finish, dry mineral and apple core acidity balancing very nicely.
(2014) With a modest 12.5% abv and from vineyards near Alba, this wine is made in stainless steel and is all about the delicate, spearmint-touched, floral, acacia and crisp apple fruit of the 100% Arneis. On the palate there is delicious sweetness, or rather ripeness, with lemon the driving flavour, but there is subtlety and complexity, with hints of spices, rosy red apple and always a mineral undertow.
(2012) It's a Sauvignon Blanc, but coming from the Langhe region that makes it a relatively rare beast. The nose has a herbal influence (the wine's name, Basarico, means 'basil' in local dialect) as well as fresh lemon and apple peel, suggesting a bit of weight and richness. It's a Sauvignon more akin to Sancerre than Marlborough in style, though in the mouth the fruit is sweet and full, really filling the mouth with texture. With very good acidity in the finish and that fruit-filled mid-palate, a lovely food wine and a nice to try something a little bit different. A Wine of the Week recently, see my full video review.
(2012) Favorita is the indigenous grape variety, and one we see rarely on labels. Widely believed to be related to Vermentino, plantings have been declining even in its stronghold of Roero, in favour of Arneis and some international varieties. It has a delicate, blossom, lemon and mineral nose, all very discreet and refined. On the palate there's a delicious apple crunch and crispness, the wine showing plenty of racy citrus acidity, light- to medium-body (with only 12.5% alcohol) and a nicely fresh and fruity finish.
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