Nebbiolo, the grape fit for kings. Rarely do we see the feminine side of Nebbiolo, which is one with ripe tannis and lush fruit without being overblown. That is certainly the wine here. The Nebbiolo hails from a on- hectare parcel named Motturone, located in La Morra. The vineyard is located between 900-950 feet in altitude and has an afternoon sun/west-facing slope that really firms up the tannins for the younger vine Nebbiolo. 2019 started with a very wet and cool spring and when the sun started to consistently peek through the clouds, the vines exploded with growth. This was a bit problematic as it required a lot of hands on work earlier than usual and still at risk for the spring hail storms. The hail didn’t come but rapid heat did in late June and early July, subsiding nicely though. A few routine storms brought rain over the next few weeks and a second heat wave came toward the end of July, which thankfully was the last of the ‘extremes.’ August and September were the perfect months to bring the ripeness to ideal levels and harvest commenced without any issues. All in all a very good vintage and though yields were down due to green harvesting, the quality remains very high with moderate tannins on this Langhe Nebbiolo.
The fruit was hand-harvested the first week of October and the fruit was fermented without any additions in open top tanks. Frequent puchdowns over the course of 7-12 days was employed for maceration and extraction. After 3-4 days post-ferment, the wine was pressed to old French barriques for maturation. One light sulfur addition in the summer of 2020 was added and the barrels were racked to tank in early November to naturally settle. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just one more small sulfur addition.