2013 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

Year: 2013
Appellation: Langhe, Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$22.95
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100% Nebbiolo

"Both perfumed and firmly structured, this cherry- and strawberry-flavored red is accented by spice, earth and tobacco notes. Vibrant and slightly chewy on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2019. 3,400 cases made.–BS" (WS)

"Without a doubt, this is one of the top easiest-to-drink wines I tasted this year. The 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is an approachable and versatile wine that brings on a hearty appetite for genuine home cooking. The wine is ripe with dark fruit nuances and it offers a complete bouquet that is comprised of dark fruit, pressed rose and spice. Despite its apparent simplicity, this Nebbiolo is not without its complexity or depth.

The wonderful wines of Vietti have me thinking a lot about Langhe Nebbiolo lately. The 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is definitely among the top ten "easiest-to-drink" wines I've tasted this year. Following a long morning of tasting new vintage of Barolo, I invited a few guests out to lunch. I wanted to grab an open bottle from my morning session and this is the one I re-corked and stuffed into my purse. Some 20 minutes later I was sitting outside on a warm spring day at one of my favorite restaurants in the center of Alba. I ordered lightly grilled squid as an appetizer and a portion of carne cruda covered in thinly shaved scales of black truffle. I could have grabbed a Barolo, but the sunlit setting and the raw ingredients in the lunch menu were a perfect match for Langhe Nebbiolo. In fact, the Perbacco awarded me my most memorable food and wine pairing experience during my latest trip to Piedmont. Langhe Nebbiolo is a food wine, a working wine, a lunch wine and a much friendlier take on Nebbiolo." (WA)

"Vietti's 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. Dried cherry, mint, anise and dried flowers are nicely delineated in a soft, open-knit Nebbiolo. Over the last few years, Vietti has improved the quality of their Barolo Castiglione in a meaningful way. Perhaps because of that, there is a greater qualitative difference between the Perbacco and the Castiglione. Intuitively, that makes a lot of sense. In practical terms, however, it means the Perbacco is a good wine, but not the overachiever it has often been in the past' (VM)

Winery Notes:
Winemaking:
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.

Aging:
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

Description:
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