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Gianfranco Alessandria (2021)
Regular price £19.48
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This is a young Nebbiolo, from vines planted a decade ago. Only 10% of the grapes are aged in new oak (with the rest in neutral oak), so this is an excellent and lively expression of the Nebbiolo grape and the Monteforte d'Alba terroir where it is grown. Enjoy it fresh now, or let it develop with time. A great and accessible food wine.
Nice notes of spice, violet, herbs and red cherry. Dry on the palate and fairly high acid, medium intensity, with beautiful red apple and red cherry coming through. Elegant and not overpowering.
Classic cheese- and meat-heavy northern Italian dishes like venison stew, vitello tonnato, osso buco, risotto would all be delicious with nebbiolo wines. Nebbiolo's high tannins and acidity can cut through creamy, fatty foods with ease, and those same rich flavours tame the wine's intensity.
About the vineyard & winemaker
This family business was founded during World War II by Vittoria’s grandparents, who began farming orchard fruits, hazelnuts and vines. Today, the 10-hectare estate is run by two generations of the family. Winemaking is overseen by Vittoria’s sister Martha, who studied wine in D’Alba, and the sisters have complementary skillsets bridging both “science” and “art” in the winemaking process.
Sustainability Credentials - 1* Up & Coming
DOCG rules in Italy greatly restrict what vineyards are able to do (e.g. the planting of trees within vine-designated land is not currently allowed, limiting options for estates to increase biodiversity. But Vittoria’s aim is for the estate to produce the highest quality low-intervention wines, which are produced with respect for people and respect for nature. Although as yet uncertified, the vineyard has been practising organic viticulture since 2015.
The full low-down
|Full Name:||LANGHE NEBBIOLO DOC 2021|
|Producer:||GIANFRANCO ALESSANDRIA & FAMILY|
|Winemaker:||Martha & Vitorria Alessandria|
|Alcohol % (ABV):||14.5 %|
|Sulphites total:||65 mg/L|
|Organic:||Yes, but not certified|
|Closure:||Natural cork & foil|
|Estate Ageing:||5-6 months in small french oak (225 lt ), old (neutral) barrels|
|Cellaring:||Fresh to drink young, will also age well over the next 3-5 years|
|Collectivino Sustainability Rating:||1* Up & Coming|
|Visited by:||Martin & Archie, Autumn 2022|
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