Two weeks ago I picked up a bottle of Italian Nebbiolo from Piedmont made by Pedere Ruggeri Corsini. From the sub-region of Langhe, vintage 2007. Priced around $20 (I was so excited to drink it, I forgot to note the price!) I have to say this was love at first taste!
The bright ruby to brick red colour slightly resembled a pinot noir. Slow tears confirmed the 14.5% alcohol.
The nose completely transported me to the rustic Italian countryside just after it had rained. Like I mentioned in my last posting, I love wine with an essence of place or terrior. There was a great musty and earthy quality. A slight barnyard or horse barn smell. So really, it was like standing in a horse barn in the Italian countryside right after it rained...really. :) There was lots of ripe dark cherries with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The palate was an explosion of black cherries stewed in cinnamon which were then coated in dark chocolate. It also tasted of strawberries and plums nestled in the earthiness mentioned on the nose. The finish was long with a touch of coffee grounds and strong tannins. The acid was on the higher side, making this a perfect pairing for any tomato based sauce or veggies cooked in olive oil or butter.
This was an Italian Romance at first taste! I highly recommend this bottle, I hope you get a chance to try it! If you do, I would love to hear about!