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A New Arrival from a Rising Star in Piemonte

A New Arrival from a Rising Star in Piemonte

by Tom Wolf by Tom Wolf

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo “Pian delle Mole”

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo “Pian delle Mole”

Giulia Negri   

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It’s hard to think of many young talents whose star is rising faster than Giulia Negri’s in Piedmont. Not only is she a thoughtful and eloquent ambassador for her region, but, more importantly, she makes incredibly graceful renditions of Nebbiolo. “The challenge with my Langhe Nebbiolo,” she says, “is to respect the big personality of the Nebbiolo variety—long and full in the glass—but also to have it be very drinkable.” It is a challenge she meets with ease, providing us with a classy, delicious rosso that is ready to drink today but structured enough to evolve nicely over the next five years.
      Giulia works a terroir that is highly unusual for the appellation, but one that complements her style beautifully: the vines sit at an elevation of 1,640 feet and face north, meaning they aren’t subject to too much sun, thereby retaining an abundance of freshness and finesse. In the cellar, Giulia ages the wine in stainless steel and 500-liter tonneaux for fourteen months, longer than the aging of most Langhe Nebbioli. Showcasing the variety’s classic notes of cherries and roses, this top-notch red will pair exquisitely with many different kinds of dishes, but I recommend a mushroom pizza.

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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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