I wouldn't bat an eyelid if you told me this was a Barolo or Barbaresco at over £20. Gentle fragrant rose, quite pale in colour, a hint of strawberry, fired brick and earth flavours. 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. The aroma is wonderful with brick, earth, stone, cherry, verging towards a Pinot Noir style, with hints of rose and strawberry but distinctly Italian, nice fresh fruit, floral with fine spices and good grip on the finish, but supple. This is not a big wine, but it's an excellent wine.
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. You can read a bit about the background below - it's a nice story - but this humble family has seemingly made sufficient from their Moscato production over the years and are content not to make a bigger buck from this wine when they very well could. Hat's off.
FROM THE PRESS
“I spend hundreds of hours every year tasting and writing about the great reds from Piemonte. My annual Report is well over 120000 words long and I feel I have a handle on what’s going on. Then the Swig wines arrive and I discover a winemaker I have never heard of before! This is the Swig way. This is a twelve quid Nebbiolo which tastes better than loads of overpriced Barolos. I cannot believe it and you will feel the same! Wow.”Matthew Jukes, Money Week