Viticulture and Harvest
Like many Italian varieties, Nebbiolo tends to over-crop, so the fruit was thinned during summer to promote greater flavour development during the ripeing period, but ensuring the canopy was as dense as needed to provide protective shade. The summer of 2017-2018 was relatively dry, yet as Autumn arrived, there were some rain events that we 'lived through' to harvest the fruit in early April, at greater ripeness than the previous year.
With the benefit of riper fruit, it was an easy decision to aim at producing a 'bigger', somewhat richer style. The fruit spent ten days on skins (compared with only four the previous vintage), and 12 months in three year old French oak before bottling in early 2019. The wine spent a further nine months in bottle before release.
Nebbiolo produces relatively lightly-colored red wines which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. As this wine ages, it will take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes. Nebbiolo wines can require years of aging to balance the tannins with other characteristics.