2006 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

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According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is an attractive, mid-weight wine with pretty notes of candied red cherries. It offers good length and balance in a straightforward, accessible style. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012." (10/08) Made from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the clayey and sandy soils of the Valmaggiore vineyard. This southwestern exposed parcel is one of the most renowned cru in Piedmont. The grapes are harvested in early October, crushed and macerated for 15 days. Several daily pumpovers allow for greater color and tannin extraction. The wine is aged in large French casks for 14 months before being refined, filtered and bottled. Ruby red in color with subtle violet, rose and raspberry aromas on the nose, this 100% nebbiolo offers elegant flavors of red currant, spice, and tobacco. Very impressive in the mouth, with well-balanced and firm tannins framing a solid body.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


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