2021 Langhe Nebbiolo, Ruri, Renzo Seghesio, Piedmont, Italy

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo, Ruri, Renzo Seghesio, Piedmont, Italy

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2021 Langhe Nebbiolo, Ruri, Renzo Seghesio, Piedmont, Italy

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This belongs to the elite rank of Langhe Nebbiolo to originate from declassified cru Barolo vineyards – a lower Ginestra site in this case. Fermentation temperatures are kept at a cool 24-25 degrees Celsius to preserve freshness, and maturation of 18 months in Slavonian oak botti. This is an expertly crafted balancing act of Langhe Nebbiolo conviviality, with darker fruit and structure, making it a “baby Barolo”.

Drink 2024 – 2032

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Kerin O'Keefe92/100

Made with grapes from the lower altitudes of the firm’s Cascina Pajana in Monforte d’Alba, this has inviting aromas recalling dark exotic spice, toasted nut and ripe dark-skinned fruit. Fermented with 20% whole berries and aged for eight months in tonneaux followed by aging in Slavonian casks for another year, the elegant palate offers ripe black skinned berry, licorice and mocha set against taut, fine-grained tannins.

Drink through 2027

Kerin O'Keefe, KerinOKeefe.com (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Renzo Seghesio

Renzo Seghesio

Renzo Seghesio's family has been producing premium red wines in Monforte d'Alba for over a century, and Renzo has continued this tradition with a focus on exceptional quality. Originally from the Sant'Anna district, the Seghesio family relocated to the town centre in 1968. This shift marked a turning point, as they transitioned from grape growers to full-fledged winemakers.

Renzo's talents extend far beyond the winery. He studied winemaking in Alba and holds a surprising degree in biology from the University of Turin. His diverse skillset even includes cartography, and he served a term as the former mayor of Monforte d'Alba.

Despite his various accomplishments, Renzo's true passion lies in the vineyard. He meticulously manages his family's holdings, with a particular focus on the famed Pajana della Ginestra vineyard in Monforte d'Alba. Since the 1960s, Renzo has significantly expanded his winery's reach. Production now exceeds 70,000 bottles annually, sourced from over 14 hectares of vineyards. He has also acquired land in La Morra and the Roero appellation, allowing him to experiment with grape varietals like Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Arneis.

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Langhe

Langhe

Langhe is an all-encompassing zone lying due south of Alba and the River Tanaro in the province of Cuneo. Barolo and Barbaresco both lie within its boundaries.

Langhe is also the name of a regional DOC zone, which is used to classify wines made outside of the traditional Piemontese varietal scheme (Nebbiollo, Barbera, Cortese etc). Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines from the region are, for example, classified as Langhe DOC.


Langhe Nebbiolo
Effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo and Barbarescos, the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style.

Langhe Nebbiolo can be released onto the market as soon as practicably possible either as a fresh, fruity wine made solely in stainless-steel, or later on having been aged in oak. The Langhe Nebbiolo DOC was created in 1994 along with a plethora of other Langhe DOC wines (so diluting their significance).

Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15 percent other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto. Leading, quality producers of Barolo and Barbaresco are more inclined to use 100 percent Nebbiolo, recognising its role as a stepping stone, using the fruit from vines that are either too young or poorly situated.

Larger producers tend to use the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC as a valve, declassifying wines destined for Barolo or Barbaresco when the market is difficult. Confusingly Langhe Nebbiolo can also be the declassified wine of Nebbiolo d’Alba.

Recommended producers: Giovanni Rosso di Davide Rosso Mario Fontana Ferdinando Principiano

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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

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.

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