2016 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco

Year: 2016
Appellation: Langhe, Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$22.95

100% Nebbiolo

"White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure. Best from 2020 through 2030. 3,500 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"Luca Currado likes to remind me that this wine could qualify as a full-fledged Barolo. Barrels not used in the final Barolo Castiglione blend are used to make the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco. In fact, its very name “Perbacco” translates into a somewhat corny “golly gosh” because that was the reaction Luca’s mom had when she first tasted the wine and was told it was not a Barolo. “Perbacco, it tastes like Barolo,” was her comment-and a legend was born. The Vietti family, along with Bartolo Mascarello and Dott G Cappellano back in the day, had battled for some variation of a Rosso di Barolo in the appellation laws. That never happened, but Langhe Nebbiolo is a concept that follows that same idea: you get great Nebbiolo quality at a fraction of the price. Today, Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the fastest-growing categories in the entire wine region. This beautiful vintage, with its balanced fruit and freshness, is a perfect example.

I tasted these wines just before lunch hour. Luca Currado always prepares two bottles of each sample for my tasting. One was opened at 10 a.m. (so about three hours earlier), and the second was opened just prior to being poured into the glass. The notes published here represent an edited version with reflections and comments from both bottles. Vietti likes to release his wines when they are in a more reductive state, so this two-bottle approach is much appreciated by critics like me because you gain a much better understanding of the possible evolution of each wine poured." (WA)

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