2008 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

Year: 2008
Appellation: Langhe
Country: Italy
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$23.95
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"Moderately deep medium red. Lovely earthy perfume of cherry, leather, smoke, rose petal and minerals, with an exotic whiff of peach. At once sweet and bright, with vibrant acidity giving shape and precision to the dense earth, saline and floral flavors. Finishes with firm tannins, lovely lift and verve, and noteworthy length. Perbacco means "wow" or "surprise" in the local dialect. This 100%-nebbiolo bottling includes fruit from numerous Barolo crus; in fact, much of this juice used to go into Vietti's entry-level Barolo Castiglione." (IWC)

A CHARMER OF A ITALIAN NEBBIOLO AT 23.95, FRUITY WITH DEPTH 2008 VIETTI NEBBIOLO PER-BACCO from LANGHE

Often wines made from Nebbiolo, as Barolo and Barbaresco are tannic, full-bodied and often a bit austere (particularly when young). This Perbacco from Viette is different, being a medium to full-bodied wine whose tannins are noticeably softer. Furthermore, the wines vini¬fied to bring our a delightful appealing fruitiness, while not doing away entirely with the lovely earthy and wild-mushroom, truffle and cassis character of the more classic Nebbiolo based wines. Being less tannic, fruitier and more rounded the wine is now quite approachable and yet may even gain in complexity for another year and continue to offer fine drinking for an additional five years.

The Perbacco Nebbiolo comes from the Piedmont Langhe area, the same appellation used by Gaja in all his expensive single vineyard Barbarescos (i.e. San Lorenzo, etc). The grapes come from various parcels whose average vine are is 35 years. Vinification or each vineyard occurs separately for as much as a month, followed by malolactic period done in both stainless steel and barrels.

The next part of the ageing, for most of the wines, takes place in barriques for 10 months. Then further aging occurs for 16 months in large Slovenian oak casks. The wines a fine companion with roasted red meats or grilled Italian sausages as well as a delightful companion that will turn a fine meat and/or tomato baste sauced pasta as well as a top quality Pizza into a feast.

Regular price is around $30 or so a bottle, with L.A. Wine Co. having it on special for under $24.00.

RATING: 90/91

PRICE: 23.95 *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains

Winery Notes:
Grapes:
100% Nebbiolo

Winemaking:
this is a wonderful vintage for Perbacco. The 2007 Perbacco is made from parcels in : Bricco Boschis, Liste, Brunella, Crocetta, Pernanno, Fossati, Ravera in Novello and Scarrone (planted in 2003). The average age of the vines is 35 years, and the plants per hectare are 4.500. All vineyards are vinified and aged separately. 18-28 days of alcoholic fermentation between 28°-35°. It follows the malolactic in stainless steel tank and barrels.

Aging:
The first part of the ageing is done in barriques for 10 months ( only some cru wineyards ) and then in Slovenian oak casks for other 16 months. Before the lasts blending for the bottling of our Barolo Castiglione, we select the casks to use for our Nebbiolo Perbacco.

Description:
offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Round, suave tannins add to the long and refined finish.

Food Pairings:
Hearty stew, wild game, roasted red meats and sharp, aged cheeses