This month, join us for another edition of our from the cellar series, where we will be focusing on the noble grape of Nebbiolo from Piemonte, on December 18th, at 6:30pm.
We will pair some of our favorite Nebbiolo based wines with traditional Piemontese food, as you learn more about the area during a discussion lead on the winegrowers.
Reserve your tickets early!
Piemonte wine is the range of Italian wines made in the region of Piedmont (Piemonte) in the northwestern corner of Italy.
The best-known wines from the region include Barolo and Barbaresco. Piedmont is one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine-growing regions and ranks 6th (out of Italy’s 20 major wine regions) in highest production volume. Winemakers in the region produce quite a range of styles: from the bold and age-worthy red wines of Nebbiolo to the delicate, sweet, fizzy white wines of Moscato d’Asti.
The Noble Grape of Nebbiolo
This light-skinned grape has similar qualities to Pinot Noir, but with a strange tannin structure, Nebbiolo have excellent aging potential, as exemplified in Barbaresco and Barolo. Their growing area, high above the fog, produces wines with both bold fruit flavors, high tannin, and higher potential alcohol. As the wine such as Barbaresco age, the tannins become polished and integrate more and more into the wine. The color becomes more brownish and rust-red, resulting in a wine bold with aromas of cherries, fruitcake, clove and anise that is equally intense to taste.
Even though Nebbiolo has a reputation for tannins and long-term aging, and is a favorite for wine collectors who will happily set aside the bottles to open decades later, many of the sub-regions will produce softer styles with a similar weight to whole-cluster Pinot Noir, like the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC or the Ghemme DOCG .
Barolo and Barbaresco Appellations
Barolo and Barbaresco are the most famous Nebbiolo wines in the world and are ideal for storage, as a well-aged Barolo wine may leave a feeling of drinking velvet.
Barolo DOCG has two classifications, a “normale” Barolo which has 38 months of aging (including 18 months in wood); and
Barolo Riserva DOCG with 62 months aging (including 18 months in wood).
Barbaresco DOCG has two classifications, a “normale” Barbaresco with 26 months aging (9 months in wood); and
Barbaresco Riserva DOCG with 50 months aging (9 months in wood).
Discover (and taste!) the wines at our from the cellar Piemonte wine dinner!
Enjoy a traditional multi-course dinner paired with Nebbiolo wines,
bringing a little piece of Italy to your table.
Get your tickets early, for December 18th at 6:30pm, $125 all-inclusive.
Thanks to winefolly.com for the appellations description