Nebbiolo Values

Gaining insight into future vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco

Vines from Ravera, only eight years old ne week fermentation at  a little cooler temperature than for Barolo followed by  a year in second passage barrique, 
Sweet fruit cake aromas greet the nose with a hint of herb and some watermelon accents. Thoroughly ripe and a bit powerful in the mouth this offers emerging wild cherry fruit, with plenty of mineral notes, a big hit of mint, and a nice vegetal edge to the fruit. This is actually quite savory and very attractive with great focus and balance even if it’s not terribly complex. 88pts
A bit tarry and then quite herb stemmed on the perfumed nose which shows a mineral aspect and a touch of bitter almond. On entry this is a bit soft and rich though with lot of cherry fruit with a nice gently sweet spiced edge to the midpalate, and a touch of watermelon rind adding detail on the backend. The tannins are really quite refined and lovely with integrated acidity supporting the palate and driving the tart peach and cherry pit flavors on the modest finish. 88pts
6 months in SS, younger vines from different vineyards in  Novello and Barolo,
Quite ripe on the nose with small wild cherry and slightly jammy wild raspberry topped by attractive spice notes and nice hints of rose petals. There’s good acidity here embedded in plenty of rich red fruit lending this a soft suave mouthfeel. A little opulent and easy in the mouth this is very approachable with its core of clear, crisp red fruit nicely supported by a base of fine grained and slowly drying tannins which lead to a simple long finish. 87pts
From all their vineyards, the young vines, under about 12 years of age, picked just a few days before peak of maturity, a low temp fermentation to preserve the freshness of the fruit, five to six days maceration then fifteen to eighteen days until ferments dry, three to four months in various wood
A little wood sweetness and spice on the balsamic nose which gains strawberry tops and a hint of sweet tobacco with air.  Soft in the mouth and showing a nice little meatiness of tart red cherry and very ripe strawberry flavors that are supported by fine little tannins and clear acids. A fresh little wine that is rather warm fruited. 86pts
Only ss, eight day fermentation
Nice gummy, small berry fruit on the nose over a balsamic base with hints of clay, cut grass and a touch of white mushroom. A touch soft on entry, the pretty broad fruit on the palate is supported by nice acids and soft tannins, with some mossy green spice notes with a little watermelon rind appearing on the mid-palate. Finishes cleanly with small fine grained tannins, a leathery edge and with a hint of sweetness to the fruit. 86pts
Smokey and oaky on the nose with some black fruit and licorice accents. Soft and rich on entry though with a heavy load of oak tannin leading to a weighty mid palate that shows bright red fruits but lacks freshness and detail. the fruit has a gummy candy feel, black cherry gummi bear, tactile and sweet and layered over gently spicy oak. Arguably well made but this comes of as heavy handed and is simply not my style of wine. 85pts

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  • Travaglini Vendemmia, Tre Vigne and Riserva.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 12:16 PM

  • All three are from Gattinara.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 12:19 PM

  • Snooth User: grdanes
    569201 2

    just clicked on your g+ to follow you but i notice last post was jan 13?????? thats a shame

    Oct 08, 2013 at 3:00 PM

  • Snooth User: brujazz
    532433 11

    Hey GDP, just wondering if you tasted any of the "other" Nebbiolo. I'm talking about those sometime quirky area wines called Spanna and of course it's more "refined" relative, Gattinera! Some of the Spannas, particularly the single vineyard Vallanas, can be pretty special. All offer great QPR on top of quality drinking.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 4:54 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    Wow, when you say "value," you're not kidding. Some pretty high ratings for wines in the $20-$40 range. Thanks.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 8:32 PM

  • Snooth User: ROUKFA
    1327124 65

    G.D Vajra Nebbiolo,vietti nebbiolo perbacco must be given a try

    Oct 09, 2013 at 12:57 PM

  • Snooth User: ROUKFA
    1327124 65

    vietti nebbiolo perbacco is a baby barolo $24 ave/bottle

    Oct 09, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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