Young Nebbiolo for quaffing and contemplation
We have now lived in the new house for one week and at this point, I have unpacked most of my wine books. Given that I am also beginning to feel rested means I am making progress on many fronts. Another mark of progress was mowing all of the lawn. I was hot and sweaty afterwards so while I tended the grill I gulped some glasses of the 2013 Brezza Giacomo & Figli, Nebbiolo, Langhe. I never knew that young Nebbiolo could be so forward and refreshing! While it is true there is structure for the short-term, this wine is best drunk at a cool cellar temperature on the first night. The second wine in this post is completely different in nature. Though made from young vines the 2012 Bruno Rocca, Nebbiolo, Fralu, Langhe shows good complexity and depth. I really liked the flavor of this wine but the bit of oak coming out suggests you should cellar it for the short-term. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Brezza Giacomo & Figli, Nebbiolo, Langhe – $14
Imported by Tenth Harvest. This wine is 100% Nebbiolo that was raised in stainless steel and cement vats. Alcohol 13%. There were young grapey aromas from the nose. In the mouth was a floral, red fruited start which quickly turned into black fruit. The flavors were a little bitter with present and integrated acidity. The rather fine tannins covered the gums in the finish. A lighter, young wine for now. ** Now-2018.
2012 Bruno Rocca, Nebbiolo, Fralu, Langhe – $26
Imported by Bacchus Importers. This wine is 100% Nebbiolo sourced from vines 6-7 years of age that were fermented in stainless steel then aged for 8-12 months in French oak barriques. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose brought deeper, scented ripe aromas. In the mouth the fine, drying yet ripe and weighty tannins acted as a foundation from the start. The wine showed depth of flavor with cool, dense black fruit, some oak notes, and an attractive inky finish. The structure became more evident with air as did a cinnamon note. **(*) 2016- 2020.