The Nebbiolo for Il Principe come from vineyards in Barbaresco and Vezza d’Alba in the hillsides of the Roero area. The soil of Barbaresco is bluish-grey calcareous-clay marl that is poor in organic substances but rich in manganese and potassium. The Roero vineyards have loose sandy soil. Following fermentation, the Nebbiolo is left to refine in large vats for a year. Il Principe showcases typical varietal flavors and characteristics, as well as the influence of the Roero terroir. This classic and pleasant Nebbiolo has excellent character and is suited to medium aging.

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2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage began with a winter season with mild temperatures and little rainfall. The first part of spring was relatively dry and sunny, and March and April enjoyed good weather and mild temperatures. In May, an unstable climate recorded a considerable number of rainy days, lasting until late June. This slowed down vegetative development but allowed for an accumulation of water in the ground. It was a generally abundant vintage, although thinning brought quantities back to normal. Overall, the climate was ideal, with a final sprint of bright days and excellent temperature range between day and night from mid-August to late September, conditions that characterize great vintages.
Tasting Note
A brilliant garnet red, this wine has notes of violet, red fruits, plums, and fine spices. It is intense yet harmonious with good structure and complexity. The tannins are fine, and the finish is round and long.
Food Pairing
Pasta with ragu, turkey, medium aged cheeses
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
PH: 3.65
ACIDITY: 5.85 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Minimum of 12 months in steel, wood and bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • A characteristic expression of the Nebbiolo grape variety
  • 100% Nebbiolo from vineyards in Barbaresco and Roero
  • Hand harvested, with summer thinning of excess bunches for increased concentration

About the Grape

Nebbiolo
Young Nebbiolo can be tough, acidic and tannic; but mature, its blackberry and wild cherry flavors and aromas develop complex and sublime violet, rose petal, truffle and tar notes.
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