2012 Erbaluna Langhe Nebbiolo

February 6, 2015

Name:Langhe Nebbiolo
Vintage:2012
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Azienda Agricola Erbaluna
Region:Italy / Piemonte/ Barolo / La Morra
Alcohol:14%

As “going organic” is all the rage these days, sometimes it no longer is a very helpful bit of information for determining the true philosophy of any particular winemaker. That’s why it is nice to see Andrea Oberto of a small La Morra cantina Erbaluna giving off that laid-back vibe of a farmer who eschews chemicals and listens to the nature because it feels right to him, not because it is trendy.

We’re not talking about being a purist here – Erbaluna’s operation doesn’t strike me as fanatical. Andrea uses some biodynamic principles here and there, and works with large wood, but maceration times are moderate, and they also meddle in the cellar slightly more (with fining and clarification) than I would prefer.

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