Aromas of crushed lilac rose water and sage. Rum raisin and cherry compote fill in the edges with a bit of wood smoke. On the palate, it is elegant, with bright acids and finely grained tannins. Flavors of chocolate and licorice are balanced by fresh red fruit and game. Aged in old Puncheons (huge oak barrels ) for over two years and another two years in bottle.
If you ever come to our Barolo & Beyond class, or a class on the Piedmonte region–or if you are training to become an Advanced Sommelier–you will learn one great secret: there is more to Nebbiolo than just Barolo & Barbaresco. Further north in the Piedmonte is a cluster of towns –Gattinara, Gemma, Boca, and Fara– that produce divine wines. These are often elegant and Burgundian wines, and this is a bottle is a great introduction to the region.
The region itself is more traditional and smaller than any in Barolo or Barbaresco. For instance, this winery is located on the first floor of the family’s hotel and restaurant. It’s very much a small family business. The vineyards are located at the foot of Monte Rosa, in the Valferana, Luccineglio, and Villetto townships.