Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo 2014
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The Langhe Nebbiolo is produced from the vineyard of Basarin, in the area of Neive. It is an historical and very prestigious vineyard. Its position on the border between the zone of Neive and Treiso, together with the high altitude, give to the wines a particular note of spices with a hint of licorice, as well a great complexity and a considerable structure. The vines are very young, about 14-15 years old, and for this reason the grapes cannot yet express the richness of polyphenols or all the aromas and the "nuances" that an important cru like this could have. That's why we decided to declassify it from Barbaresco docg to Langhe Nebbiolo. The Langhe Nebbiolo, due to the severe green harvest done during the summer, has a deep brillant red, an intense, persistent nose of fruits and spices, with some hints of dried rose, cherries and tobacco. On the palate it shows a good, firm body and very refined tannins, with notes of violet, mint and a fresh, vibrant fruit.
Barone Spitaleri di Muglia Castello Solicchiata 201270% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The sub-soil is composed of sandy gravel under volcanic soil. This winery was founded around 1850 by Baron Felice Spitaleri di Muglia, a wealthy entrepreneur and admirer of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. He hired French oenologists to plant Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir on the western slopes of Mount Etna. He also cultivated several Italian grapes varieties such as Nebbiolo, Grignolino, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Bianco, Moscato and Nerello Mascalese. He was the first Sicilian grower to bottle dry wines and probably the first in Italy to produce a Bordeaux blend and a Pinot Noir. His wine, Castello Solicchiata, received several prestigious awards, such as the first prize at London in 1888. Baron Spitaleri was the first official supplier of the Royal House of Italy. The vineyards were destroyed by phylloxera in the early 1900's, save for a tiny parcel of about 100 vines. Spitaleri's direct descendants and present owners, Arnaldo and Felice Spitaleri, replanted in 2003. They continued the family tradition of wine-making using clones of French varietals planted in 1855. These have already begun to mutate, and are now considered Sicilian. The estate has about 15 hectares of vineyards, 800 to 1000 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount Etna. Farming practices: The vineyard uses organic practices (but is not certified) and avoids the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Grass grows between the vine rows and green harvesting is practiced.
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2013The vineyard surrounds Villa della Torre, a splendid masterpiece of Renaissance architecture now owned by the family, and produces a full-bodied red wine that has an ageing potential of at least ten years. The blend is the historic combination of Corvina and Rondinella with the addition of a small quantity of Sangiovese. This wine is a deep ruby red and easily pairs with various Italian dishes, above all risottos, especially those flavoured with saffron, porcini mushrooms and pork; classic dishes such as pasta with Amatriciana and Carbonara sauces, baked lasagna, gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts; grilled meats and roasts.