Gentle fragrant rose, quite pale in colour, a hint of strawberry, fired brick and earth flavours. Leather and roses, with a lovely sappiness to the palate and nice bit of grip - cocoa dusted tannins, fine spice, and a crack of bracken. The best producers are those that handle the grapes gently, which in turn expresses the magic of the terroir and shows Nebbiolo at its almost Pinot Noir-like best. The colour is quite pale, like many Barolo and Barbaresco. Distinctly Italian and utterly charming.
This is an extraordinary wine for the price. We've looked for Nebbiolo (the grape that makes Barolo and Barberesco) in the past and found that the good ones from well-sited vineyards are well into the £20 price bracket, which is pretty close to Barolo prices. The cheaper ones are a bit raw, because they come from northerly facing vineyards, or closer to the valley floor where the fog lingers, and the Nebbiolo grape, which needs plenty of ripening, doesn't get enough sun. This, on the other hand, does come from from well-sited vineyards - within a few hundred meters of the famous slopes of Barbaresco - and only a few km from Alba - and is just right.