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2020 Langhe Nebbiolo

Cantine Elvio Tintero
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Piemonte may have gained its renown at the hands of Barolo and Barbaresco, but if you know where to look, you can find as much pleasure and reward in the region’s best bargains as you can in its loftiest bottlings. Marco Tintero is a specialist of the former, producing wines of remarkable value east of those two noted zones, in the spectacular hills around the town of Mango.
      Tintero creates this rosso from the same variety that stars in Barolo and Barbaresco, but this is weeknight or aperitivo Nebbiolo, a lighter and more delicate rendition of what many consider to be Italy’s greatest red grape. You still encounter Nebbiolo’s trademark backbone of tannin, but it’s been tamed over the course of one year in barrels and botti, making for a bottle that is perfect alongside tagliatelle al ragù or even just some cuts of salumi.

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Langhe
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantine Elvio Tintero
Winemaker: Marco Tintero
Vineyard: 4 ha, 20 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine aged 12 months in oak (50% 225-L barrels, 50% 5-HL botti), then racked into stainless steel before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Piedmont

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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 twelve 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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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