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2015 Rosso Dei Dardi

A. & G. Fantino

2015 Rosso Dei Dardi A. & G. Fantino - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
When we first began working with the Fantino brothers in Monforte, they had made the decision to lighten up their Rosso and make the most aromatic, easily drinkable Langhe Rosso possible. They chose to do it with none other than Nebbiolo, one of the world’s most tannic grapes. The result, I think, is miraculous. The world has never known such delicious, immediately accessible Nebbiolo. Let yourself be seduced by its charms. (Feel free to ask any of our retail staff whether I am exaggerating when you call to order; they consume more than anyone else.) 

Dixon Brooke

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: A. & G. Fantino
Winemaker: Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino
Vineyard: 21 years
Soil: Sandy Clay
Aging: Aged in stainless steel tank for 6 months
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236


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