(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.