For those of you unfamiliar with the wines from Piedmont in northwest Italy, Nebbiolo is the grape that produces the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco—a hauntingly complex variety that can give wines of power and finesse with unrivaled aging potential. While Barolo and Barbaresco are aged for years in wood before release, many growers also bottle a fresher, lighter, more approachable expression of the variety under the Langhe Nebbiolo denomination. Marco Tintero’s Langhe Nebbiolo ages for a year in a mix of oak barrels and botti. The result is an elegant rosso and one of the best values in our portfolio. Massimo Benevelli, meanwhile, ages his in stainless steel, the result of which is an extremely pure rosso, with smooth tannins, freshness, and a touch of refinement that hints of its serious terroir. Guido Porro sources the Nebbiolo for his bottling from parcels adjacent to two legendary Barolo crus in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba: Lazzarito and the fabled Vigna Rionda. You’ll find enough structure to take this rosso seriously, but not enough to keep you from gulping it down unabashedly. Finally, from cool, high-elevation vineyards in the Barolo commune of La Morra, thirty-year-old Giulia Negri brings us everything we want in a great Nebbiolo. Perfumed and precise, with just enough tannin, this Langhe is simply beautiful, bursting with freshness, lively fruit, and downright deliciousness.
Consider this collection your golden ticket of sorts, your invitation to a dinner party with a group of underground artisans, champions of outsider winemaking culture, and a snapshot of a south of France that may be less iconic, but no less authentic.
So what do you call a collection of delicious, well-made wines that offer serious bang for your buck? A surfeit of tastiness, a scad of enjoyment, an ambrosia of libations? I like a plethora of values.
While some of the world’s greatest and grandest reds hail from northern Italy, this territory—which actually consists of eight Italian regions—is perhaps even more noteworthy for its tremendous diversity of everyday rosso.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
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