Fontanafredda, 'Ebbio', Langhe Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Italy, 2018


Ahhhh Nebbiolo, how we love you so. Famous for producing the King of Wines and the Wine Of kings: Barolo. Now, like the other great regions of the world, Burgundy and Bordeaux to name but two, the premier wines of these regions cost a fortune for one reason or another. But they also produce wines from the same grape varieties that don’t have quite the clout of the top appellations, and Nebbiolo D’Alba and Langhe are two of these. Same quality of grape but vinified for a lesser amount of time and blended from a few top vineyards as opposed to just a single vineyard. All of this combines with some seriously good value for money if you know where to look. Aged for 8 months in wood and then a further 2-3 months in the bottle.

Nose: Lovely and aromatic. Violet, dried flowers and roses. Cherry, raspberry and ripe plum. Touch of earth, leather and tar, vanilla oak and pipe tobacco.

Palate: Dry with structured tannins and acidity. Full bodied, warming but soft and smooth and a good length. Serious tackle.