2007 Ruggeri Corsini Nebbiolo d'Alba

SKU #1055442

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nebbiolo (the main grape of Barolo and Barbaresco), here is a way to experiment with the varietal at half the price or more. This is 100% Nebbiolo from the husband-and-wife-team of Nicola Argamante and Loredana Addari (he is the vineyard manager, she the wine maker). There is an elegance to this wine, and lots of varietal purity here, and the price cannot be beat, thanks to our direct importing!

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2010 | Send Email
Of all the Italian wines under $20 this is by far the most superior of them all! I might even opt for this one over a Barolo if I was given the choice! Drink it from a Burgundy glass, the aromas will flourish and enlighten your senses! Medium to full bodied in the mouth and full of texture with gripping tannins and great acidity! Shows beautiflly elegant fruit! Great with Gorgonzola cheese, Bolognese, and white truffle pizza!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2010 | Send Email
I love Barolo, but Barolo ain't cheap. This is the next best thing from a fantastic Barolo producer: Ruggeri Corsini. You get all the light red fruits, the tar, the earth, and the tannin. All I need is a reservation at Stella Alpina in Burlingame and I'm set.

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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.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.