An elegant, linear, traditional expression of Nebbiolo from the rolling hills of Ghemme in Northern Piedmont. The 2008 spent 36 months in large, old Slavonian oak casks before spending nine months in bottle. Brilliant ruby color with aromas of rose, liquorice, dried cherry, pomegranate, orange zest, thyme and minerality (iron). The high acid soils on which this Nebbiolo grows transfer to the glass giving this regal wine great energy and focus on the palate. As you might expect from Nebbiolo from Ghemme, the tannins are present and persistent. This wine deserves some time in the cellar and whenever it’s enjoyed will best express its greatness alongside a hearty meal or strong flavored cheeses. The combination of the framing acid and rich tannin suggest this wine has the material to age. I tasted Andrea’s 1997 and 2001 Vigna Ronco Maso wines over the course of two days while in Italy and they were showing exceptionally well and they continued to evolve -- suggesting to me that the 2008 will easily be drinking well 15 to 20 years from now if stored well.
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