1997 Giorgio Scarzello Langhe Nebbiolo

February 19, 2015

Name:Langhe Nebbiolo
Vintage:1997
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giorgio Scarzello
Region:Italy / Piemonte / Barolo / Barolo
Alcohol:13%

A very different animal from the 1990 Scarzello Barolo Vigna Merenda. Confidently its own, this Langhe is a shining example of how a well-made Nebbiolo can be great without having to measure up to a Barolo or Barbaresco.

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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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