Killer Santa Barbara County, single-vineyard Nebbiolo? Talk about a needle in a haystack.
I see a lot of solid bulk wines from this producer (they own a lot of vineyard), but it's usually just that, bulk wine...solid wines but nowhere near great.
This wine, however, is great.
Color me surprised.
Extremely-well-built, it's an excellent approximation of Barolo's Nebbiolo but with a bit of California sunshine. Juicy yet complex with a robust, incredibly age-worthy structure, it will open your mind to the Cal-Ital opportunity on the Central Coast!
Italian wine lovers - ya gotta trust me on this one.- Normally selling around $35/bottle, it can be had today for just $16/bottle!
Deep garnet. 20-months in barrel and years in a zipped up tank have open up the bouquet beautifully with rose water, candied fig, ripe strawberry and orange marmalade underpinned with savory leather and tobacco leaf tinged minerality. Smooth and silky up front and resolving with a chewy, robust tannin structure that perfectly mirrors the bouquet on your palate. Bone-dry throughout with fruit and earth in perfect balance, this wine finishes long, echoing with red fruit richness and nicely attenuated minerality. Delicious!
100% Nebbiolo, 100% Single Vineyard
25% new French oak barrels, 20-months. 15.5% alc. pH: 3.80 TA: 6.2 g/L RS: 0 g/100ml 250 cases available