2005 Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Boscareto

February 7, 2015

Name:Barolo Boscareto
Vintage:2005
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Ferdinando Principiano
Region:Italy / Piemonte / Barolo / Serralunga / Boscareto
Alcohol:14%

Ferdinando Principiano is  a medium-sized Monforte-based producer who struck me as a student of the vine and wine in the best sense of the word. Through trial and error he gradually evolved his philosophy from the ubiquitous modernist way when he first started in the 1990’s to a very traditional one. Transition to organic viticulture and minimum intervention in the cellar came as a logical and conscious search for better, live wine which was created in harmony and not in struggle.

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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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