Die Rebsorte Nebbiolo ist Basis einiger der renommiertesten Weine der Welt: Barolo und Barbaresco. Aber die ursprüngliche Heimat der Traubensorte liegt nicht in der Langhe im Herzen des Piemont, sondern weiter im Norden – im Alto Piemonte. Dort erlebt sie als Spanna gerade eine Wiedergeburt.
Im Norden Piemonts hat sich in den vergangenen 15 Jahren viel getan. Verantwortlich dafür sind unter anderem zwei Deutsche, Dieter Heuskel und Peter Dipoli, die seit 2004 das Weingut Le Paneele aufgebaut haben. ‘Al Posto dei Fiori’ (‘Anstelle von Blumen’) heißt ihr Rosé aus 90% Nebbiolo, ergänzt durch Vespolina und Croatina – ein ernst zu nehmender Wein mit charaktervollem Bukett.
Peter Dipoli is known in Alto Adige as the producer of the prized Sauvignon Voglar. His decision to try his hand at north Piedmont’s Nebbiolo was made along with his friend Dieter Heuskel 15 years ago. It was followed by a busy period that saw the purchases of dozens of small plots and preparing the cellar for production.
Vivid pink. Aromas of red fruits, licorice and white flowers. Then big, rich, dense and spicy with slightly sweet flavors of pomegranate and water melon. Finishes very juicy and long; this is still young and will age well. A blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina.
Italy, long viewed as mostly a treasure trove of red wines, in fact loves to drink pink. Some wine lovers might simplistically think that one pink wine fits all.
You’ve no doubt seen a good number of rosé wines on retail shelves or offered by the glass at many restaurants these days; the craze is on and shows no sign of slowing down. While examples from Provence or the Rhone Valley from France are the versions you most often encounter, there are dozens of notable rosés you don’t hear much about, and that certainly includes those from Italy.
It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re casually whipping up some Gluten-Free Cauliflower Gnocchi Pomodoro for an early dinner (aka you’re on your way to becoming the best mom/S.O. in the universe). The only thing that would make your delicious, crowning glory even more perfect? An exciting bottle of vino—like this fresh, cherry-scented pick—to wash everything down.
Capable of expressing the purest essence of site, vintage and producer style, Nebbiolo is without question one of the world’s elite red grapes. Skyrocketing prices and soaring demand make it increasingly difficult for consumers to find the best Barolos and Barbarescos. But the glories of Nebbiolo stretch far beyond those prestigious appellations. Readers will find a bevy of striking, captivating wines in Alto Piemonte and Lombardy’s Valtellina. For the sake of convenience, I have grouped the Nebbiolo-based wines of Alto Piemonte and Valtellina in a single article. Perhaps one day these two very distinct regions will boast enough quality minded producers to merit separate pieces.
Italy offers an amazing range of rosé wines, the permutations of which are like those of no other country in the world. The relentlessly hot growing season of 2017 posed challenges for winemakers and winery owners. Even so, readers will find plenty to choose from.
Le Pianelle’s 2013 Bramaterra is outrageously beautiful. Dramatic and ample on the palate, the 2013 is endowed with tons of character. The marcerated dark cherry, plum, violet, lavender and clove flavors are boldly sketched.