2012 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

Year: 2012
Appellation: Langhe
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 88
Red Wine
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100% Nebbiolo

"The 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is a solid effort, although the wine finishes on an unexpectedly hard note. The bouquet offers classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, licorice and pressed rose. But the mouthfeel shows evident astringency that may not fully integrate. This edition of Perbacco represents a blend of fruit from Fossati, Le Coste, Liste, Bricco Boschis, Bussia, Rocchettevino and Boiolo.

I tasted 1,200 wines during my stay in Piedmont and can say without a doubt that no wine impressed me more than Vietti's 2007 Barolo Riserva Villero. I remember the wine vividly as if I had a glass in front of me now. In fact, I have not been able to shake the memory of the wine's profound beauty. It is etched deep into my tasting memory. Luca Currado is an immensely talented winemaker and I am absolutely convinced that this is the finest bottle he has made to date. It is the culmination of a career that is only partially complete, and this is great news for all of us who admire his work. It is a symbol of the promise to come. " (WA)

Winery Notes:
This is a wonderful vintage for Perbacco and the same is for the Barolo. The Perbacco is made from parcels all planted in the Barolo region. The average age of the vines is 35 years and the plants per hectare are 4.500. All vineyards are vinified and aged separately until the moment we select the casks/Crus/Vineyards used then for our Barolo Castiglione. 18-28 days of alcoholic fermentation between 28°-35°(82-95°F). It follows the malolactic in stainless steel tank and/or barrique.

Total period of ageing is 2 years: 4 months in barriques, period in which the natural malolactic fermentation develops, and 20 months in big casks. Couple of months in stainless steel tanks before the bottling.

The work in the vineyards, the yield/hectare, the vinification system and the aging period for the Perbacco are the same as for our Barolo Castiglione; Perbacco is practically a selection in the 3rd year of aging of the wines/vineyards that show an elegance and a readiness to be drunk without a longer time of ageing as happens for our Barolo Castiglione

Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with the ageing.

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