About this WINE
The son of a teacher from the hamlet of Albesani – close to the village of Neive – young and tireless Francesco Versio graduated in 2009 from Turin University, specialising in viticulture and viniculture. He worked briefly at the quality-focused co-operative Terre del Barolo before joining Bruno Giacosa, where he was made winemaker in June 2011.
In 2013 he made the first vintage of Barolo bottled under his name – from his family’s tiny property in Neive in Barbaresco. They have two small plots of old vines: one in the vineyards of San Cristoforo, planted in 1969; the other, Currà, even older, lies below San Cristoforo. Both face southwest and overlook the village of Barbaresco.
Francesco makes tiny quantities of his wines in his family’s garage, with just one stainless steel tank and large Stockinger botte, made very traditionally.
Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.
A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.
Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.
Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.