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Monday, 21 April 2014

Massolino Langhe DOC Nebbiolo 2011

To my mind, in my never-ending questing to learn about wine, Langhe can be a little confusing. It refers to the hills (langa) north and south of Alba, and here we are interested in the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC. 

Under the DOC it is possible to use up to 15% non-Nebbiolo fruit - this example here is 100% Nebbiolo - and producers are known to use the DOC to release wines from Barolo and Barbaresco earlier to market (as to do so allows them not to be bound by those DOCGs) though they would only generally do so with the youngest fruit, or fruit off vines from poorly located sites.

Florals, fresh sage and dried herb, red berries - cherry and a little redcurrant, Pot Pourri floral elegance too. The palate shows power and concentration, tannin is firm - a touch peppery, with acid pinching the palate a little. Dried herbs, dusky red fruits and finishing with powdery tannin that flows and dominates, but without length per se. 91

Tasted on: Saturday 19th April, a Leaf Day
Source: Retail, The Wine Emporium
Price: $49
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Cork

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