2013 La Prevostura "Muntacc" Coste della Sesia Rosso

SKU #1419248 Jancis Robinson

 A shade paler than the 2013 Garsun just tasted. Pretty, fresh nose and vibrant Nebbiolo fruit palate with a wonderful bite of grainy tannins. Real life and vigour and appetising austerity on the finish. 17/20 points. (WS)  (10/2015)

Wine Spectator

 This is fresh, elegant and detailed, revealing cherry, strawberry, earth and spice notes. A bit dry on the firm finish, but food will help. Nebbiolo with Vespolina. Drink now through 2020. (BS, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

Grown on part of the Prevostura hill, from a typical northern Piedmont blend of varieties Nebbiolo (85%), Vespolina (15%). The soils here are 35% old marine sand, 25% clay and 40% silt, and they are acidic; the grapes are picked typically in early October, and the wine is fermented in stainless steel with a fairly long maceration (18 days after the end of fermentation). The wine is aged in small barrels (not new) for 21 months before bottling. In effect this is declassified Lessona with a little Croatina added, so the flavors tend towards red fruit and spices, especially cinnamon, the Croatina adding a slight tarry note. Great entry level wine from this beautiful little estate.

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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2019 | Send Email
I was recently introduced to this delicious Nebbiolo-based beauty by my colleague Guido. The nose is mature, soft and pleasant with aromas of red fruits, roses and a hint of tar. Medium-bodied, the palate is consistent with the nose and has medium acidity with additional notes of gentle spices and cinnamon. This wine is at its peak now and drinking beautifully. It's great introduction to Piedmonte wines for the uninitiated or a delicious everyday Nebbiolo for the connoisseur. to enjoy while their Barbarescos mature.
Drink to 2020

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2019 | Send Email
This is one of the newer estates within the Northern Piemonte zone of Lessona and "Muntacc" is essentially a declassified Lessona that's mostly Nebbiolo with a fair amount of Vespolina and a dollop of Croatina added. It's medium-bodied with enticing notes of red fruits, forest floor, tar and a hint of balsamic. This is not only an excellent introduction to Nebbiolo but also a steal at $25.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2019 | Send Email
There is plenty of fruit, good acidity, soft tannin structure, some minerality and white pepper with a lengthy finish. The combination of blue/dark fruit and the black cherry comes from the Nebbiolo. I also find some tar and roses on the lengthy finish.

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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.


- 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.